5 possible applicants for Sheffield Wednesday vacancy: Legend to return?

Paulo Di Canio signing autographs

Dave Jones has finally been given his marching orders after an abysmal start to the season which has only seen them win once in their last 16 games.

We take a look at 5 possible candidates for the Sheffield Wednesday job and their credentials...

Stuart Pearce - 2/1 The favourite for the vacancy is former England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce. The aptly named Psycho is clearly a no-nonsense 'hairdryer' type manager. He would definitely cause a dressing room reaction but whether or not it would be 'positive' is another question. He has a fairly uninspiring record at club level, finishing with a 35% win ratio in his longest spell at Manchester City. 

Rating: 4/10 - He would definitely cause a stir, but for me it would be like taking dynamite to a bonfire.

Paolo Di Canio - 5/1 - The first 'legend' linked with a return to the club he first made his name in English football with. He has a fairly impressive record in management, boasting a win percentage more than half and would certainly be a popular figure with the fans. Similarly to Pearce, he is likely to cause a reaction through his blunt and often volatile treatment of his playing staff. 

Rating: 5/10 - Similar to Pearce, Although their is a possibility of a 'honeymoon' period due to the buzz he would likely create.

Michael Appleton - 5/1 - The former Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn manager has an appalling record in management but for the most part could be pardoned for difficult situations - it's worth noting he managed THREE clubs last season, and in his last two posts he has averaged 13.5 games per club.

Rating: 2/10  - Uninspiring choice, would only add to the increasing apathy around the club. 

Benito Carbone - 12/1 - The second Wednesday legend on the list is stylish former striker Benito Carbone. The former Internazionale frontman would definitely be a feel good choice and would bring some much-needed revitalisation back to the club. He may not be the most experienced out of the choices, but you only get experience through someone offering you the chance in the first place.

Rating: 6/10 - The feel good choice may not be the obvious choice, but it's schordinger's cat. It may well be worth giving him the chance, but proceed with caution. 

Steve Cotterill - 16/1 - The former Nottingham Forest manager could be an option for the Hillsborough based side, but like Appleton won't lift the current excitement around the club. He has proved 'solid' at previous clubs, which may come in handy as Sheffield Wednesday would be happy with consolidation this season - but, he struggle to bring in a breath of fresh air.

Rating: 5/10 - Whilst not inspiring, he could prove to be a shrewd choice as Wednesday fight for their lives to stay in the division. 

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