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Shortlist Narrowed For Owls Post

Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has revealed that he currently has a shortlist of four potential new managers following the sacking of Alan Irvine

Mandaric has moved quickly to try and get a replacement for the departing Irvine and could even have a new man in place before this Saturday's npower League One clash against MK Dons at Hillsborough.

It was announced that Irvine has left his post today following a meeting with Mandaric last night.

It's believed that the Owls chairman has already approached some managers who are currently in jobs to take the vacant position at S6.

Notts County boss Paul Ince is one name linked with a move to Wednesday.

Mandaric tried to get Ince as his manager at Leicester City before the former Manchester United player was offered the chance to manage in the Barclays Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.

Gary Megson, who was manager of the Foxes before leaving for Bolton Wanderers, is also being mentioned as Irvine's possible replacement.

Rob Kelly and Billy Barr have been put in temporary control of first team affairs at the club.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 3 2011

Time: 4:01PM

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Well I reckon you could throw a hat over all four candidates (of the names mentioned) and pick any because there are no 'stand-out' candidates. Maybe MM is going to surprise us with big name capture?!
No Keane or Megson and i will be reasonably happy with most we have been linked with.....Ive developed a weird obsession with keegan, after that id take coppell, both experienced and play good football.
Let's hope so Don. MM took Harry Redknapp to Portsmouth after Harry had done a stand up job at West Ham and been forced out prematurely. Perhaps MM should look to the ranks of managers currently without a club? O'Neil, Allardyce, Keane, Megson etc rather than Ince (though I admit Notts County played well against Man City).
Even Strachan (it's quite a long list)
or Keegan and Coppell as Dezzy points out, it really is a long list
Rednapp to Portsmouth Why not O'Neil to Hillsborough?
One of the out of work managers with experience would be the best bet. Though I hope it's not Keane or Megson. Mandaric might surprise us by bringing in a big name like O'Neill or someone relatively unknown. My four would be O'Neill, Worthington, Curbishley and Allardyce. Though if we can't get any of those then Ince might be worth a go.
O'Neill would be ideal to not only get us up but in the long run to take us and Mandaric where we want to go... But would he come here, can we bring him in? If so, then do all it takes Mandaric, if not then it's hard to see who else can take us there in the long run. So maybe someone like Ince might be worth a try, though as I said we probably need experience ideally.
oops, forgot about strachan, add him to my hell no list.
What about Ray wilkins he did a grand job at Chelsea look how they dropped when he left
can't see o'neill coming to S6 - i think the shouts of experience and inspiration is the way to go - so for me I agree with Dezzy P - i'd like to see keegan and a new 4-2-4 formation!
Patrick Blondeau
Wilko and Big Ron were among our best ever managers. I see a bit of them in O'Neill and Big Sam. Worth try in getting them. If we can't get them but what's to say we can't! Mandaric has a vision of getting us back to the Prem in the long run. Someone like O'Neill or Big Sam would in the long run would be ideal and capable of doing that. If we can't get them then Worthington or Ince might be worth a go.
Gary johnsons on the short list of Bristol!
I think we'd all like a manager like O'Neill or big Sam but even though MM clearly has some influence, I think the expectations are going a little too far. We are still a League 1 club, like it or not, and we have no guarantee at this stage of being anything else next season. I think a name like Keegan, Coppell or Curbishley maybe within reach.
taken from gary johnsons wiki page: After gaining a knighthood in the new years honours, Sir Johnson is now in line to takeover the vacant job at the champions league bothering side Sheffield Wednesday. His wage bill will include free prawn cocktail crisps from the nearby home bargains, and a managers tracksuit sponsorship from one of the ducks that frequents Hillsborough park pond. bfl is that your work?
Patrick Blondeau
The only manager worthy of matching MM's ambition is O'Neill but that is not going to happen? All the other managers, with possibly the exception of Coppell, are no better than Irvine in my opinion? They might start off well but this time next year we'd probably be in the same position with an Ince, Megson, Dowie, Johnson etc? I fancy an unknown from Europe or something? Someone who doesnt quite understand the history of Wednesday and would just come in 'and do the job'! Tricky one but I trust MM! If he can Sven to Leicster........
Owls That!
how about redknapp again.
Radon Barrier
Defo no to Keane,Megson,Sackwell,Laws(lol),Strachan or Keagan.I sed Ray Wilkins wud do Ince not 2 sure about either.
Sky sports say the biggest mover in the betting stakes is Glenn Hoddle!!! But i've heard a whisper from a very reliable source that it is Gary Neville.
Radon Barrier
Gary megson done deal!!!!!!!!!
we need to make the right choice here someone who can get the lads to believe in themselves again keegan no he always walks away when pressure o'neill cant see it big sam ? Keane ince again maybe megson laws johnson no thanx would love chris hughton think he'd get us playing and season ticket sales up for next season make the right choice milan
Gary megson done deal!!!!
Hi fellas this is my 1st post. I cant help but think some of the names mentioned Keane,Megson Johnson etc are out of a job at the moment for a reason.The same reason as AI.They were unable to produce the goods!! Im not sure who id like to see in the hot seat but im sure MM does.
It's looking like Megson's if he wants the job!
OH NO please dont let this be true.Ill keep telling myself ITS ONLY A DREAM ITS ONLY A DREAM.
Right here's my no way go near. Roy Keane, Paul Ince, Iain Dowie [awful suggestion] Blackwell, Allerdyce, Strachan oh and that Alan Irvine. I think Gary Johnson is a decent manager and would motivate a team he did wonders at Bristol City difficult for him at Posh as their chairman is a complete you know what. I'd take Gary Megson not sure why but think he d a job for us. John Sheridan is a good shout. We need someone who can motivate the squad make them believe again I am not concerned playing great footie but winning games and stop boring the team with watching films of teams who are s***e and worrying about their threats and actually concentrate on what we could do. Martin O Neil would be amazing not going happen. If it was me Id give Big Ron a ring and tell him get upto Hillsborough and sort these lot out as he got all the above credentials.
Just read wot MM sed bout not seeing a victory in league since him being here,correct me if im wrong but didnt we beat Bristol Rovers 6-2?
Grunters keep mentioning Blackwell To be fair he's already been a good manager for us Wednesdayites but nowhere near as good as Brian Robson he was a great manager for us Owls. Is Adams going to top the lot ????????????????????????? Megson locked on for this one
He hadn't technically taken over. It was the 14th He took charge. So are you saying if he had been in the seat then, Irvine should kept his job..Lol. Says it all really. New era wipe slate clean and Irvine should gone when MM took over but HW was there and wouldn't allow that.
Megsons Honours as a manger are as follows-Promotions200102: Division One Runner Up (promotion to The Premier League) West Brom 200304: Division One Runner Up (promotion to The Premier League) West Brom
And his stats over all as a manger are- G 590 W 211 D 156 L 223 WIN % 35.76.
No not at all jamesc1905,was just saying that MM sed hed never seen a league victory since he was there but he was there for that victory even if not technically took over.
It's quite sad that a dyed in the wool Wednesdayite like Megson just doesn't get the supporters fired with enthusiasm. Is it a good thing that if he gets the job, I'll feel a bit underwhelmed? For me O'Neil is the ideal but it would take a great deal of persuasion on Milan's part. After that Allardyce as we won't play attractive football but we will win and he will sort the defence. To those who point out that we're a Third Division club (League One is just a marketing ploy) I'll say this; We're a Premier League Club temporarily adrift in the Third division, we are debt free, have a chairman willing to invest (within reason), have a squad with some potential, have a (for the division) high regular attendance but this is way down on what it has and should be (reasons being price, recession and team performance), we are the very definition of a sleeping giant. We're Sheffield f***ing Wednesday and the right man can become a legend! How many third division clubs can offer that scenario?
But were still 3rd divisin and that's a big thing when it comes to attracting decent players and managers!
I'd have Coppell at S6 in a heartbeat, not sure about any of the other realistic possibilities - and no, Martin O'Neil is most definitely not on my realistic list!
Turdforlife, just feck back off, its been pretty peacefull without your boring w*nk for the last few weeks after your telling off. go and bore your fellow pigs again.
hi guys i was thinking what happened to o leary he was great.
maltese owl
maltese owl. . . o leary is a mug. . . . . . bfl. . . . . .dont make us come on to your site and make you cry, again!
turdforlife, you tried to use the big naughty words and got sent to the naughty corner. yep, you came, you bored, you fecked right off.
No one seems to have mentioned Sean O Driscoll I don't think.. Thoughts?? He had talks with Sheff Utd no offence they have no cash to offer so went back he obvioulsy would be open to a massive challenge.
jamesc1905, i mentioned him on a forum and good laughed off, he would be a decent appointment i reckon.
Well we could do alot worse. They are average at best on team and he has done a good job with them. Play football work hard aggressive dont concede many. Paul Dickov being linked now as well.
ha, one of my best mates supports oldham, that would be a laugh.
Ha. I think its between him, Megson, O Driscoll. MM is not a stupid man and I suspect that after the Orient debacle he would of been on the phone. As soon as HW left Irvine knew his time was up. Best quote after pboro game" I don't know what my best team is" Jesus christ. Well I could of picked it for you. Time to move on.
BFL my deluded glasses will always be blue and white and it's the combination of our past and our potential future that will attract the right manager. Wednesday no longer have to struggle with crippling debt and high expectations. Now it's just the high expectations which is no different from any big club (you might have to look that one up in an encyclopedia). So it just depends on how MM wants to do things. Does he try for a big name and liift the club with the risk of a backlash if the club underperforms or does he pick someone who underwhelms the supporters in order to lower expectations but risks a backlash should things not go well? Personally I've had enough of managers who have shown promise in the lower leagues as well as ex-players who I hate to see fail. Gimme someone who'll excite the club and put a bit of fire in our bellies about something other than how bad the manager is. AI has gone, the old board have gone, the debts have gone, it's time to turn the corner. Oh and BFL if my optimism bothers you, good ;o)
Could sean o driscoll be pursuaded going throw a rough patch at donny at the moment heard a few fans turning against him plus now were debt free and money to spend plus bigger than the blunts he might fancy it?
Odrisscol to come, he's the type we need, and donny played some of the best football in the land last season( not seen much this season) abit like arsenal! The manager shouldn't be under Pressure to get us promoted that's a massive task now, he should be able to get us safe, and build for next season, anything else is a bonus!
We are suppose to be going forward.So lets hope its not MEGSON FOR GOD SAKE.IT will be worse and boring than what we have just sacked.Why was MEGSON SACKED FROM BOLTON.?????
Megson to be named Wednesday manager today. Sky Sports
ecco owl
Why not John Sheridan? Has he been ruled out already?? The man is a god at Hillsborough, and has finally found his feet as a manager!

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