Report: Sheffield Wednesday have unusual managerial plan, ex-Leeds boss back-up

Sheffield Wednesday reportedly still want Mark Cooper to work alongside Carlos Carvalhal, with Brian McDermott an alternative.

Mark Cooper led Swindon Town's first pre-season training sessions on Monday, but Sheffield Wednesday have not given up on luring him to the club, report the Sheffield Star.

The boss of the League One club is in demand - even though Wednesday already have Carlos Carvalhal waiting in the wings.

Sheffield Star report Wednesday want to appoint Carvalhal general manager and Cooper head coach as a joint management team.

If they are unsuccessful in convincing Cooper to join from a Swindon side he took to the play-offs last year, former Leeds United and Reading manager Brian McDermott is being considered as an alternative - despite being in charge of Leeds when Wednesday beat them 6-0 a year and a half ago.

What does it all mean?

Wednesday have taken their time since firing former boss Stuart Gray, and their complex plan - or decision to get to this point, is a reason why, along with protracted negotiations to try and bring in Cooper.

Dual management roles are however often doomed to failure, with at one stage or another, each party wanting to have the final say. Wednesday will argue this will not be the case as each Carvalhal and Cooper would have clearly defined roles, but crossover and differences of opinion are inevitable.

With Wednesday already having former West Ham boss Glenn Roeder working as sporting director under new owner Dejphon Chansiri in his first season taking charge of the club, the phrase 'too many cooks' could easily apply - and the club may just be making their objectives far more complicated than they need to.

McDermott is an ill fit with that considered, for he fell foul of similar upheaval at Leeds United, later telling SkySports he was uncomfortable working under a structure at Leeds where he did not have total control.

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