Sheffield Wednesday, languishing in the relegation zone in the nPower Championship, have decided to part company with Dave Jones after just one victory all season.
The Hillsborough club are in need of inspiration after a series of woeful displays that could lead to them returning to the third tier of English football once again. Jones was the man who led the club to promotion out of League One two seasons ago but has struggled to improve the side after being severely constrained by finances during his time at the club.
Despite poor results chairman Milan Mandaric has shown a great deal of patience, unusually for him, in giving Jones time to turn around a severe slump in performances. The Owls finished strongly last season to avoid relegation and they began this season full of optimism despite not strengthening their squad greatly.
The supporters have remained very patient deciding to fully support their team rather than turn on them despite their woeful displays. However, time is now right for a new man to take the helm and move the club forward.
The club's 5-2 thrashing of Reading in November, their only victory this season, seems to be a strange result when put in the context of the whole season.
So who do Wednesday turn to now to bring back success to the club?
Whoever it is will certainly be constrained by finances and will probably have to get the best out of the existing squad whilst trying to look at potential loan moves. It might be that Wednesday will look at a motivator who can instill confidence in a bunch of players who are seriously lacking in this department.
High profile names, such as Paolo Di Canio, Stuart Pearce and Ian Holloway, will head the list of managers currently out of work but what will be the attraction to a club that has struggled for numerous years.
Di Canio may be enticed by the fact that he was considered a legend at the club during his playing days and, despite an acrimonious end to his career at the club, he may think this is the
perfect opportunity to return to management in England away from the pressure of the Premier League.
Holloway would be a great appointment for the club given his history of success in the Championship and his Premier League experience. However Dave Jones has a similar record to Holloway and he was unable to reverse the fortunes of this great club.
The romantics at the club will look to appointments of former players such as Dan Petrescu or John Sheridan but I am sure Mandaric will be looking at his next appointment with his head rather than his heart.
Could Gary Megson make a return to the club after departing for Jones to take over or could Mandaric look towards a man who is proven as a great motivator over a number of years - Neil Warnock - or would this be a step too far for the supporters?
For me Owen Coyle would be a good appointment but Wednesday need to appoint a
manager quickly and, after his disaster at Wigan, Coyle may not be too eager to
return to management.
Wednesday will need to act quickly because there are clubs who are also on the look out
for a manager - Barnsley and Wigan - but at the same time they must get the
right man for Sheffield Wednesday because over the years this has proved a lot
more difficult than you could imagine.
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