Cardiff City have dismissed Neil Harris following a poor run of form and one of the early contenders for the Bluebirds post is Sheffield Wednesday linked Paul Cook.
Cook is currently out of work after leaving Wigan Athletic last summer.
The 53-year-old’s stock is high despite Wigan’s relegation to League One last season, and he is among the candidates to take over the vacant Wednesday post.
Cook told Talksport’s EFL Show how he applied for the Wednesday job two months ago.
On that occasion, Cook was overlooked as the Owls appointed Tony Pulis. This time, however, he admits having already held talks for the top Hillsborough job, stating:
“First and foremost, as a manager and a person looking at the job, through social media I am absolutely overwhelmed with the support I’ve been receiving from Sheffield Wednesday fans in general, from the support there that have wanted me to go into the club and have thought I am the right person, that’s fantastic. If I can be as honest as I can be with anyone, Sheffield Wednesday supporters, I applied for the job first time around when Tony Pulis took the job and I wasn’t considered, I never got a phone call. That’s football.”
Wednesday are still seemingly viewing a number of potential candidates. Owner Dejphon Chansiri has made unorthodox decisions in the past and is mulling over his options.
But Cardiff sacking Neil Harris should prompt the Owls owner into action.
Cook has plenty of pedigree. Aside from his promotion with Wigan, he also knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup in 2018 while his transfer business on a budget is excellent.
Cardiff will probably view Cook as an ideal man to get the Bluebirds back on track.
If the Owls view him as their current number one option, then they must act now. With the short-term goal avoiding the drop, they can’t afford to linger or make the wrong decision.