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.
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.
Chris Hughton – 4/1
It’s safe to say Chris Hughton would be a popular appointment at Hillsborough. After impressive stints with Birmingham and Norwich, the Essex-born manager took over the helm at Brighton where he would guide the club to a second-place finish.
After keeping the club in the Premier League for two consecutive seasons Hughton was harshly sacked this summer and currently finds himself without a club.
Lee Bullen – 4/1
A cult hero during his playing days at Hillsborough, Lee Bullen took temporary charge of first-team duties following the dismissals of both Carlos Carvalhal and Jos Luhukay and has remained a part of the coaching team under the last three managers.
The 48-year-old already knows the set-up at Hillsborough extremely well but with little money to spend in the transfer market and no prior managerial experience, this is unlikely to be the best time for Bullen to take the reins.
Fatih Tekke – 6/1
Former Zenit St. Petersburg and Besiktas striker Fatih Tekke has emerged as a surprise potential candidate for the Owls job in the last few days.
The 41-year-old has a chequered managerial record so far, winning just two of his 18 matches in charge of Turkish clubs Kayseri Erciyesspor and Boluspor, coming out with an overall win percentage of just over 11%.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst – 6/1
A mainstay of the Netherlands team of the early 2000s, van Bronckhorst enjoyed spells with Arsenal and Barcelona during a decorated career before transitioning into management in 2015.
The Dutchman has held just one managerial position but impressed during his four-year stint as manager of Dutch giants Feyenoord winning 107 of his 176 games in charge before leaving his role at the end of last season after falling behind Ajax and PSV in the league.