Claudio Ranieri emerges among favourites for Sheffield Wednesday manager's role

A general view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football...

Could the former Leicester City boss succeed Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday?

Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) stands with the Premier league trophy as the Leicester City team take part in an open-top bus parade through Leicester to celebrate...

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has emerged as the new second favourite to succeed Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday with one bookmaker.

Ranieri, who has led unfancied Nantes to fifth in Ligue 1 this season, famously won the Premier League title with Leicester 18 months ago.

The Italian coach was previously low on Sky Bet's list of potential Owls appointments, but has been backed into 4/1 since Saturday - behind Steve McClaren (5/6) and above Gus Poyet (6/1).

Manager Gustavo Poyet of Sunderland looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Aston Villa at Stadium of Light on March 14, 2015 in Sunderland, England.

Sheffield Wednesday are currently 16th in the Championship, having finished in the play-offs in each of the previous two campaigns under Carvalhal.

Their defeat at Brentford yesterday has seen the odds of caretaker Lee Bullen drift from 6/1 to 14/1, while those of Bees boss Dean Smith - a former Wednesday captain - have shortened slightly from 25/1 to 20/1.

Brentford manager Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Ranieri, who has also managed Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, was sacked by Leicester earlier this year with the Foxes facing relegation.

Another ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is only 16/1 to take charge at Hillsborough, despite being linked by the Sun overnight.

Andre Villas-Boas, the newly announced football coach for Shanghai SIPG, speaks during a press conference in Shanghai on November 4, 2016.

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