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Reporter shares what ex-Wednesday player has told him about early job favourite; suggests two linked bosses won't join Owls

The two early favourites for the Sheffield Wednesday manager’s job may not be in the running after all, according to Alan Biggs.

Paul Cook and Nigel Pearson led the early betting, but have since been superseded by Tony Pulis.

But, sharing what he had heard from the former Wednesday striker Rodger Wylde, Biggs claimed that as of Tuesday afternoon Cook ‘had not heard’ from the Owls.

Biggs, who supports one of Cook’s old clubs, Chesterfield, also said that, unless he’s mistaken, he is ‘not sure there is any mutual attraction’ between Wednesday and Pearson, their most recent cup-winning captain.

As he points out, that would appear to leave Pulis in pole position to succeed Garry Monk, who was sacked last night.

Pulis has been out of work since May 2019, when Middlesbrough failed to renew his contract after a poor run of results saw them drop out of the Championship play-off positions.

The 62-year-old, whose style of play is famously perceived as being uneasy on the eye, won 44 per cent of his games in charge of Middlesbrough.

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He also has promotions with Bournemouth and Stoke City on his CV, after which he gained a reputation for keeping clubs in the Premier League rather than guiding them to it.

Sheffield Wednesday’s players are understood to be off until Thursday and are next in action at Preston North End next Saturday.

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