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Report: Owls consider Cosmin Contra as new manager

According to Sky Sports, Sheffield Wednesday are considering Cosmin Contra for the manager’s job with the Romanian out of work after leaving Dinamo Bucharest.

The Owls are still on the lookout for a new manager after dismissing Tony Pulis.

Pulis lasted just 45 days in charge at Hillsborough after succeeding Garry Monk, with a run of just one win in ten games prompting owner Dejphon Chansiri to seek another direction.

The latest name to be linked with the job is Cosmin Contra.

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Sky Sports claim the 45-year-old would be interested in the position, though Chansiri is keen to take his time with interim boss Neil Thompson currently in charge.

Contra had a decent playing career. He featured for big clubs such as Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, while playing in that memorable 5-4 Uefa Cup final defeat to Liverpool with Alaves.

As a manager, he flipped between Romania and Spain in his earlier years and took over his former club Getafe at the end of the 2013/14 La Liga campaign.

Contra played a key role in deciding the title race, as his Getafe side held Barcelona to a 2-2 at the Nou Camp with just two games remaining. Atletico Madrid went on to win La Liga by three points.

Later that year Contra’s Getafe were at it again, stopping Barcelona’s 2014/15 treble-winning side in their tracks and becoming one of the only teams to contain Lionel Messi with a 0-0 draw.

Contra has since had spells in China, and with the Romanian national team.

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Chansiri may favour bringing in another foreign coach after the Owls’ recent record with British coaches Steve Bruce, Garry Monk and Tony Pulis.

Wednesday are currently second bottom in the Championship following their 4-1 defeat to Millwall. Whichever way they choose, the threat of relegation is certainly there.

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