With Steve Bruce resigning as Sheffield Wednesday boss amidst speculation heavily linking him to the vacant Newcastle United job, we take a look at the five early frontrunners for the job. Odds are courtesy of SkyBet.

Gianfranco Zola – 6/4

The current frontrunner to replace Steve Bruce is Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola. The 53-year-old is currently unemployed after leaving Chelsea off the back of Mauricio Sarri’s move to Juventus and is being touted as the favourite for the vacant Owls job.

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After a spell of mixed success at West Ham United between 2008 and 2010, Zola went on to impress with then-Championship outfit Watford, guiding them to a playoff final. However, his most recent stint in the Football League with Birmingham was a disaster as the Italian won just two of his 24 matches in charge of the Blues before he was sacked.

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