Neil Warnock is in the running for the vacant managerial position at Sheffield Wednesday - but former Owls striker Benito Carbone claims he is “one of the favourite candidates” to land the role.
Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric confirmed yesterday that Warnock, who spent nearly eight years in charge of Sheffield United, is in contention to become their next manager. The 65-year-old, without a job since leaving Leeds in April, heads a “four to five-man” shortlist.
But Carbone has applied for the role and believes it is a three-way fight between himself, former teammate Paolo Di Canio and ex-England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce to succeed Dave Jones at Hillsborough.
“The chairman [Milan Mandaric] told me that a lot of coaches have applied for the job,” he said.
“I’m one of the favorite candidates. I think it will be a head-to-head between me, Paolo Di Canio and Stuart Pearce.
“Becoming Wednesday coach is what I want but it is not the only dream. It would be wonderful to start an adventure with the team and the supporters that loved me most in my whole career.”
Back in October, Carbone told this newspaper he wanted to join the ranks of foreigners who are managing in England. Carbone, who spent three years at Wednesday during his playing days, has coached or managed at three Italian clubs over the last two and a half years but it remains unclear whether he features on Mandaric’s shortlist.
Warnock, a lifelong Blades fan, told The Star earlier this week that only “interesting” and “challenging” offers will tempt him back to the touchline. Wednesday are expected to begin the interview process this afternoon.
When asked specifically about Warnock, Mandaric said: “Neil is a candidate but it does not mean that he will be our manager.
“He is on our shortlist.
“I’m looking at people outside of England, but my preference is to bring someone in with experience in this country and in this league.
“I don’t think anything will happen before the weekend because I want to take my time and give [caretaker manager] Stuart Gray the support he needs.”
Given his strong United connections, the prospect of Warnock, who boasts seven promotions on his CV, taking over the reins will divide opinion among the Wednesday support.