Cook says ‘talks not ongoing’ over manager’s job

The possibility of Paul Cook becoming the next Wednesday boss remains unclear after an interview on national radio.

Speaking on TalkSport2, Cook said he had held discussions with the club about the manager’s job, following the departure of Tony Pulis after just 46 days in charge, but that talks were not ongoing, at present.

The former Wigan manager said: “Sheffield Wednesday is a fantastic opportunity for anyone, but people have to understand about modern day football, if you want to manage one of these good clubs you have to be able to manage. If you’re not allowed to manage, then you’re an employee and not a manager.

“I certainly wish Sheffield Wednesday every success, in whichever direction they decide to go.”

Cook, who said he had been overwhelmed by the support from Wednesday fans on social media for him to get the job, also talked about how he had applied for the position before Pulis was appointed but did not receive a reply from the club.

He added: “The second time around I deemed that if I didn’t get a phone call first time, I didn’t see the point in applying second time.

“But I have had contact with Sheffield Wednesday, we have spoken. As we speak now those talks aren’t really ongoing.
So that’s where the situation stands. I wish Sheffield Wednesday going forward, whether it’s Paul Cook or any manager, the best of luck because it’s a fantastic club with fantastic support.”

First team coach, Neil Thompson, remains in temporary charge while former Watford boss, Vladimir Ivic, is the bookies new favourite for the job, with Cook in second place.


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