Lee Bullen has emerged as the favourite for the Sheffield Wednesday job.

The Owls are in the hunt for a replacement for Steve Bruce, who left the Championship side to take charge of Newcastle United.

Ex-Watford, West Ham United and Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola has been the bookies’ favourite for the vacant job, however, caretaker manager Bullen has now leapfrogged him into the 3/1 favourite on SkyBet.

Bullen, who is 48 years-old, has been involved in Wednesday’s coaching set-up since 2011 and has been in temporary charge twice before.

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The Owls may opt for him as manager now as he knows the club inside out and it would a risk averse appointment this close to the start of the season.

Bullen played over 300 games in his playing days with 141 appearances coming in his four years at Hillsborough. He also played for the likes of Falkirk and Dunfermline Athletic as well as stints in Australia and China.

He has overseen eight competitive games altogether as manager of Wednesday in his eight years as a coach at the club, winning three, drawing three and losing two. He was in charge of the Yorkshire side in their pre-season friendly against Northampton Town earlier this week.

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Other names in the frame to replace Bruce are Zola, former Birmingham City and Stoke City boss Gary Rowett and ex-Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

However, Sheffield Wednesday may go for Bullen to stick by the plans that the club has set out this pre-season in preparation for the next campaign.

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