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Let The Manager Talk Commence

Brian Laws has only been out of the Wednesday manager's hotseat for 24 hours - but rumours of the next Owls manager are already in full flow.

Nigel Worthington, Steve Cotterill, Steve Coppell and Alan Curbishley are amongst the list of names mentioned with the vacant manager position at Hillsborough.

They're the usual list of candidates should a job become available at this level - a list that comes out regardless of the club involved, or the situation they're in.

Even Kevin Keegan and Neil Warnock have been linked with the position, but I doubt either will come anywhere close to S6 anytime soon.

Former Wednesday defender Worthington and former Burnley boss Cotterill seem to be the early frontrunners according to media reports, and expect more names to follow in the next few days.

In the meantime, Sean McAuley will be given the job of steering Wednesday to three vital points against Swansea City this weekend.

McAuley had success as an interim manager last time out, and could well be one of the favourites for the job on a permanent basis this time should he repeat his success.

One thing's for sure, the talk is set to hot up this week - make sure you keep logging on to Vital Sheffield Wednesday for all the latest news.

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 14 2009

Time: 9:49AM

Your Comments

How about the Chuckle Brothers? Great passing football, to me... to you...etc
would be pleased with either coppell or curbs
I can't see Curbushly coming but Coppell may well be a good bet. All the talk seems to be of Worthington and he has said he is keen and available, so this looks very possible, though I ma not sure he is right for us. Whoeveer comes, it needs to be soem one that can spot a player and develop him. This is where we have fallen down recently. I am not too sure that manager with a big reputation will want to put that on the line at Hillsborough right now!
Well dobby1 if a manager took over with abig reputation n did well it wud prove he was agud manager and not just a manager that can do well with money to spend,its all about motivation and making the players feel wanted etc.
I don't think Cotterill or Worthington are right for us. Coppell for me without a doubt.
Jim Magilton if they dont play he will stick nut on em, i might get some stick for this but i always thought di canio would make a good manager
bodsy owl
i think JOHN SHERIDAN could be the man for us but i dout allen will let him talk to us
dublin owl
You deserve some stick for sugesting that c*** bodsy
I know but he would not have left if was not for Richards and i think he would be good motivator and loads of passion, its better than Warnock but my money on Worthington
bodsy owl
I know what you mean Olly, but this is the real world. We need someone that can see talent. I honestly think that Laws was pretty good when he was working with Sturrocks team and we did show improvement. The problem is that the players he has brought in have simply not looked good enough. Maybe they were just badly coached, but I don't think so. All of the players that we have bought in from other champioship clubs were squad players for other teams. There is defnatley talent out there, but we have not been finding it. Why on earth would Curbs risk his reputation, when we are not in a position ot pay him anything like what he will end up getting elsewhere? Copell looks perfect to me. But I would not be unhappy to see Keith Hill join us.
He was a posing prima donna bodsy. Great player I admit but a total p**** in every other way. He wanted to leave, I don't think we can hang that one on Richard's door (there's enough hanging there already). Certainly not fit to kiss the Wad's arse. Anyway, great players don't always make good managers. They struggle to get the best out of those who aren't great players. That's why the mediocre and the merely good make much better managers. Big Ron, mediocre player-great manager, Tricky Trev, fantastic player so close to being a great great manager (til he lost it after 93 and the cup finals), John Barnes, Chris Waddle, fantastic players who couldn't cut it in management, Kenny Dalglish, ok so there are exceptions to this rule, Alex Ferguson, average player annoyingly successful manager. I still want to see how we do on Saturday, see what MacAuley does. I've read about the Cotteril link and given Howard Wilkinson's ties see the logic (if not the passion), I've read about Worthy and still have a soft spot for old Irish, a truly underated player. Let's see what Saturday has in store. C'mon Wednesday!
Whoever it it we need a major clear out of players asap, there's blatantly a serious attitude problem and from what I've heard recently it wasn't just a case of Laws losing the players but the players not giving a monkeys either way.. I quite like the idea of a younger manager with a bit of ambition, this guy from Hamilton we're being linked with sounds promising, and O'Driscal from donny could be a gooden, whatever happens, a keen eye in the transfer market is key!
Think the players just did'nt want to play for Brian anymore for whatever reason, cos we all know they can play good football as we have seen at times, albeit a few months ago. I'm sure that will be evident in the next game, whoever is in charge. We aint gonna get a top drawer manager in our financial state, just another Laws or Sturrock trying there best with what they've got. Looks like Worthy is gonna fit the bill, maybe he can bring back some of the good times of that great 91 team.
Lee Clarke at Huddersfield doing a good job with little money. Don't know if we can afford compensation for anyone. Martin Allen is out of work did a good job at Brentford. Coppell won't come ! he gets a nose bleed if he passes Watford gap services & ran out of ideas when the money ran out at Reading. adi boothroyd could also do a job in this league
Despite all the doubters last week, I think there are actually some very good managers out there at the moment but it will be hard for us to attract the best of them because we're broke and in the bottom three. Personally, I'd be happiest with Coppell but I have my doubts that he'd fancy it. I reckon the only way we attract someone useful is if this investment is really on the horizon and it can be proved to the potential manager. Its all about the money but I like MacAuley and definitely have more confidence in him to get something out of the team now.
I cat understand why everyone seems to want coppell. He's a miserable old has been. Had enough money at reading but still went down . For me its either worthy mcauley waddle curbs or robins. There are lots of decent ones put there. Not burley though.
Radon Barrier
Or maybe ferguson.
Radon Barrier
Darren that is
Radon Barrier
I know what ur saying rob great player but richards did handle it badly thats why he wanted to leave but Richards is a t**t and most footballers seem to prima donna these days. Noboby better than waddle i even have a dog called waddle lol, Worthington might be good as he has passion for the club but we will see just hope we get a win on sat and have a good second half of the season and finish above trotters uto ftb
bodsy owl
Not alex. Overrated.
Radon Barrier
Not alex. Overrated.
Radon Barrier
waddle?? WTF?
Forgot to mention shearer
Radon Barrier
Ferguson??? What has he done. He couldnt manage Peterboro within the same budget
Lovin' your dog Bodsy and you are bang on the money about Richards. We'll have to agree to disagree about the Italian, when he did the fascist salute whilst lining up for Lazio my last shred of respect (and it was practically a sliver at the time) disappeared. Blokes a t**t.
k mate but we gotta win this wknd which i think we will n i think the nxt manager has already been decided i have feeling something big happening in jan (eternal optomist) who ever our new manager is lets get behind him n cheer boys on wednesday till i die
bodsy owl
Apparently Worthy wants the job.
do whatever it takes or rather pay whatever it costs to get robins from the dingles
I say bring in Boothy!!! And I would very much like to see what changes to the side McAuley will make to see what the backroom staff made of Brians line-ups. Im not sure Purse will get selected and I think he is likely to side with the academy products, so i think Macallister will get the nod and maybe Hinds and Beevers as the back two.
Shearer has been mentioned twice before. He is a big name and big money could be around the corner!!!
Radon Barrier
The post above must have been from Lee Strafford. Calm down someting tells me investment is a long way off!
If money was around the corner there is no way we want Shearer i think worthy would do good job and i think its always a good thing when somebody wants the job
bodsy owl
James. This time next year we'll be billionaires!
Radon Barrier
Robins would be my choice but I can't see the guy leaving 2 clubs in 6 months
Hirsty's Shinpads
Worthy would be a good choice, its gotta be him or coppell, feel we'll give it to macauley til the end of the season though, which might not be to bad, he will use a few o the young ens. dont want shearer no way
Worthy will be in work by end of season i just hope we dont get somebody stupid but i am feeling positive about sat afternoon
bodsy owl
Darren Ferguson for me took posh from leaugue 2 to the championship. Drive and abition to suceed. He left peterboro not long after signing 4 yrs contract. Apprently through a fall out with the chairman.
no point in suggesting anyone in work because we cant afford to buy them!!!
Yes Owlswfc he certainly did but lets face it he wasn't going to take them any further from results he had there and to behonest I don't think at this time theres much difference in the playing personnel to our squad. I.e for me Purse is a league one player and that goes for alot of our squad I think bar a few exceptions Tudgay, Johnson Simek Granty maybe couple others. We need someone who going motivate get dirty results even if play crap which we are and difference was, Laws was unable to motivate and get those results. Radon... Yes BILLIONAIRES in true to Del boy and Rodders. ha ha
Strafford talks about the new manager recruitment process on the SWFC doesn't sound as though McCauley is in with a shout....see link for details:,,10304~1905543,00.html
Strikes me you coud do much worse than take on Cotterill. he is used to working within tight budgets plus you could get him much cheaper than some of the other manager's names being banded about. He also has a connection of course with Howard Wilkinson, who is probably pushing for him to be taken on. He can grind out results for you, it might not be pretty but it could mean survival. I honestly believe he kept us in the Championship under very adverse financial conditions and the majority of the team that Coyle inherited are still with the club and helped us get promotion. Poor Tudgay though, a chance to play in the top flight with the Clarets and now looking over his shoulder at League 1.
Has anyone seen Lunts own goal tonight. He kicked the ball against his own head and then lobbed it into is own net. Classic.
Radon Barrier
always thought we should have kept hold of lunt, he had alot of potential and always gave 110%.
Lunt the ****

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