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Sheffield Wednesday forced to end pursuit of 43-year-old coach, new targets on the radar

Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Rohl has said he has new targets in mind after failing to land Nico Knaubel as set-piece coach due to work permit issues.

Sheffield Wednesday’s new boss Rohl has set about bringing in new faces to his backroom team after taking over from Xisco Munoz. Plenty of fresh faces have been brought into his ranks in an effort to turn around the Owls’ fortunes.

There have been promising signs from the first two games of the German’s reign despite two defeats, the most recent of which came last night against Plymouth Argyle. The Pilgrims ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Mustapha Bundu, Morgan Whittaker and Ryan Hardie.

And following the game, there was an update on Wednesday’s pursuit of coach Nico Knaubel.

It had been said that 43-year-old Knaubel had arrived on these shores to finalise his appointment as set-piece coach but now, Rohl has told The Star that he has turned to other candidates after the move fell through. He said:

“With the set piece coach we have to find a new solution – but I have also some in my mind. We will do this in the next two days.”

The report later adds that Sheffield Wednesday’s move for Knaubel fell through due to work permit issues.

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The search for new coaches

With alternatives to Knaubel already in Rohl’s thinking, it will be hoped further ground can be made up in the hunt for new coaches over the coming days and weeks. What is pleasant to see is that the new Sheffield Wednesday boss has had a clear idea of who he wants to bring to Hillsborough with him in a bid to turn around their fortunes.

Credit has to go to Dejphon Chansiri for that. The owner has come under fire this season and while Rohl was out of work, his appointment certainly hasn’t been a cheap option.

He’s brought a new team of staff with him, one of which being new no.2 Henrik Pedersen, who was a manager in Denmark’s second-tier at the time of his appointment.

Sheffield Wednesday are still bottom of the Championship without a win to their name. They’re rooted to the bottom of the table as a result but will be hopeful of claiming a result against Rotherham United this weekend.

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