Sheffield Wednesday should hire Millwall boss Gary Rowett as Garry Monk’s replacement, former Premier League owner Simon Jordan told Jim White on talkSPORT (11 November, 12.20am).
There is a reason why the word ‘dreaded’ usually precedes the phrase ‘vote of confidence’.
A matter of days after Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri held a three-hour press conference while backing his manager to the hilt, Monk’s underwhelming 14-month spell at Hillsborough was over in the blink of an eye.
Yes, the former Leeds boss wasn’t helped by a 12-point deduction (albeit one reduced to six on appeal).
But Wednesday would still have been in 21st place even if they, like the rest of the Championship, had started the season on a round zero.
The Owls have been linked with a host of potential replacements, from the proven (Tony Pulis, Nigel Pearson) to the inexperienced (Phil Neville and Sol Campbell).
But, if Simon Jordan was calling the shots, Rowett would be on his way from Millwall to the Steel City.
“Gary Rowett,” he said simply when asked who Sheffield Wednesday should hire.
The 46-year-old certainly looks a good fit. Rowett is famed for constructing a team better than the sum of it’s parts, having overachieved with Burton Albion and Birmingham before leading Derby County to a play-off semi-final.
His spell at Stoke City didn’t exactly go to plan but Rowett has since rebuilt his reputation at the Den, guiding an unfancied Millwall side to just two points adrift of the top six last season.
Former England international Trevor Sinclair, however, believes Wednesday should put their faith in ex-Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook instead.
“I think (Cook) has got the energy,” he said. “He works hard, does his due diligence and he’s got a decent history with his results.”