One of the early favourites to succeed Steve Bruce as Sheffield Wednesday boss has hinted that he has turned down offers to return to management.

Chris Coleman was at one stage odds-on with some bookmakers to take the Wednesday job, which was later filled by Garry Monk.

Although, whether or not he was ever in contact with the Owls remains to be seen.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper – which referenced Coleman’s links to Wednesday specifically – earlier this week,  the former Sunderland manager said: “There’s only five or six managers in the world that can take a pick and say, ‘I’m going there’. But that’s not me.

“I’m in a position where I don’t have to be impatient and jump on the first offer and I haven’t.

“If I really wanted to be back in, I’d be back in by now — and that’s not being arrogant.

“I have a lot of experience and I’m confident in myself and the people I’ve got with me that we can go and affect something when the time is right.”

The former Sunderland manager Coleman. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Coleman has been out of work since leaving Hebei China Fortune earlier this year.

The 49-year-old previously had spells in charge of Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry City and Larissa prior to his short-lived stint at Sunderland.

But he is perhaps best remembered for managing Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday side currently sit seventh in the Championship – just four points off the automatic places.

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