Sheffield Wednesday were promoted to the EFL Championship at the end of the 2022/23 season. However, the club did not stick with Darren Moore – the manager that brought them to the second division of English football – as they failed to agree on a contract extension. So, Xisco Munoz was invited to coach the Owls in their return to the second flight.
Unfortunately, the Spaniard had an abysmal start of the 2023/24 EFL Championship at Hillsborough Stadium. On October 4, the club announced Xisco Munoz’s dismissal as the team was sitting dead last after failing to win a single game in the opening 10 matches. Now, as the club officials are looking for Munoz’s successor, the next Sheffield Wednesday manager odds have gone up.
List of Potential Next Sheffield Wednesday Manager
As far as the Sheffield Wednesday next manager odds go, Danny Rohl is considered the runaway favourite to the vacant spot at Hillsborough Stadium. In the meantime, Neil Thomspon has assumed a caretaker role, combining it with his coaching job at SWFC’s U21 team.
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As surprising as it may seem, the next Sheffield Wednesday manager will likely be someone with zero experience as a head coach. Still, Danny Rohl has an impressive CV which earned him an interview with the Owls back in the summer, but the club chose Xisco Munoz insetead. As per reports, Rohl is still interested in the job opening at Sheffield Wednesday and the parties are in advanced negotiations.
As mentioned above, Rohl never worked as a head coach. However, he has vast experience as an assistant under Hansi Flick (Germany national team and Bayern Munich) and Ralph Hassenhutl (Southamton and RB Leipzig) – to coaches that bet on possession and aggressive pressing. Besides, the 34-year-old coached at RB Leipzig’s academy and held a role as a video analyst.
Rohl is currently available for hire after he – together with the rest of the Hansi Flick team – was fired by Germany back in September.
Veteran coach Neil Warnock would reportedly be interested in assuming the job at Hillsborough Stadium just weeks after parting ways with fellow EFL Championship club Huddersfield Town. Despite being 74 years old, Warnock has expressed his desire to continue coaching as his health still permits it.
The Owls’ fans may have some reservations about Warnock’s potential arrival as he coached two of their biggest rivals in the past – Sheffield United and Leeds United. Those are just two of the 15 different clubs Warnock has coached across the English Football System in the span of his career.
Even so, Warnock’s experience and tactical adaptability may serve as enough of an argument in favour of his appointment. The 74-year-old gaffer helped Huddersfiled avoid relegation last term, so perhaps he can help SWFC survive their first season back in the Championship too.
At the time Sheffield Wednesday sacked Munoz, John Eustance wasn't available for hire because he was still coaching Birmingham City. However, the 43-year-old was surprisingly fired by the Blues despite them sitting 6th in the EFL Championship.
Clearly results were not a problem for Eustace at St Andrew’s. Under his command, Birmingham City finished 17th in the Championship last term with their highest points tally in the past five years. Nevertheless, the defensive playing style did not agree with the club’s officials and they took the decision to replace him.
Sheffield Wednesday, sitting bottom of the league table, should value results over enjoyable football at the moment, which makes Eustace an interesting candidate. Prior, he also worked as an assistant at Republic of Ireland and Queens park Rangers and also managed Kidderminster Harriers in the fifth tier.
Lee Bullen is the only name on the list of next Sheffield Wednesday manager odds that is employed at the moment. The Scottsman is currently leading Ayr United in the Scottish Championship, the country’s second tier, but was nonetheless rumoured to be in the running to become the next Sheffield Wednesday coach due to his past at the club.
Indeed, Bullen played for four seasons for the Owls in the early 2000s and captained them, later returning to Hillsborough Stadium for a coaching position (mainly youth and assistant roles) after retirement. During his time at Sheffield, he had to assume the caretaker role on a few occasions, but his debut as a head coach was with Ayr United in 2022.
Bullen led Ayr to a second-place finish in the Scottish Championship in 2022/23 could not achieve promotion via play-offs. In a recent interview, the 52-year-old ruled out the return to Sheffield Wednesday.
Another man with a history at Sheffield Wednesday is Carlos Carvalhal as he coached the Yorkshire club between 2015 and 2017. During his two full seasons at Hillsborough Stadium, Carvalhal achieved promotion play-offs spots with SWFC. He failed to earn a Premier League berth both times, losing either in the promotion final or semi-finals. He was fired by the Owls in the 2016/17 season when the team was sitting mid-table.
After his departure from Sheffield Wednesday, the Portuguese coach would go on to work with Swansea City, Rio Ave, Braga, Al Wahda and Celta Vigo – all top-flight clubs.
His last experience was in La Liga, where his Celta side finished 13th and avoided relegation in 2022/23 but only thanks to a last-day victory against champions Barcelona. The 57-year-old left Celta at the end of the campaign and is now a free agent.