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Next Sheffield Wednesday Manager Odds

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Next Sheffield Wednesday Manager Odds

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Next Permanent Sheffield Wednesday Manager Odds*

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Xisco Munoz 4/6 William Hill
Dean Smith 5/1 William Hill
Nathan Jones 5/1 BetVictor
Slaven Bilic 8/1 Parimatch
Jess Thorup 10/1 BetVictor
Giuseppe Iachini 20/1 William Hill
Paul Ince 33/1 William Hill

*Odds up to date as of July 04, 2023

Sheffield Wednesday are back in the Championship after winning the League One play-offs last season, but the Yorkshire club will move forward without Darren Moore. They parted ways by mutual consent on 19 June and there have been a host of candidates trading as the betting favourite since then.

Dean Smith was odds-on favourite with the bookies  to take charge at Wednesday last week, but Xisco Munoz has now emerged as a contender, with the Spaniard having been in charge of Watford between December 2020 and October 2021. The latest odds suggest that he might be given the chance to return to England and take the Hillsborough hot seat.

Football betting sites certainly think there's some mileage left in this betting market, with Wednesday wanting to achieve promotion to the Premier League in the next season or two, and Munoz has previously achieved promotion with Watford.

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Xisco Munoz Could Be Ready to Return to England

Some football fans will remember the name of Xisco Munoz, one of many managers who has been in charge of Watford in the past few years. The Spaniard lasted 36 games at Vicarage Road which is above average for a Hornets boss in recent times, and the 42-year-old was pretty successful during his time at the Hertfordshire club.

Having taken charge of Watford in the Championship in December 2020, Xisco achieved many favourable results to catapult the team up the Championship standings and the Hornets were able to achieve automatic promotion in April with two games left to spare. However, Munoz didn't last long in the top flight and was sacked in early October of the following season.

This candidate has since had spells in charge of Huesca and Anorthosis, with the manager now potentially returning to England and he can point to that Watford promotion on his CV, with the odds suggesting he has a chance of getting the job at Hillsborough.

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Dean Smith Could Be Set to Manage Wednesday

Dean Smith now has plenty of experience of managing in the Premier League and Championship. He was most recently in charge of Leicester City when being given the chance to try to steer the Foxes out of the Premier League bottom three last season, but that task proved beyond him.

Smith has previously succeeded in leading Aston Villa to promotion from the second flight when they beat Derby County in the play-off final. He then kept the Midlands club in the Premier League the following season before being replaced by Steven Gerrard in the next campaign.

Smith's spell at Norwich City was less successful, but he previously did well with Walsall and Brentford, with the 52-year-old now looking for an opportunity to build his own squad, and it wouldn't be a huge surprise if he was given the nod to take charge here.

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Could Bilic Take Charge at Another Championship Club?

Slaven Bilic is also among the UK betting current favourites for the Sheffield Wednesday manager's position. The Croatian is well-known in England thanks to spells with West Ham and Everton as a player, while he also managed the Hammers between 2015 and 2017.

More recently, Bilic was in charge of West Brom, with the manager achieving instant success when guiding the Baggies to promotion in the summer of 2020. However, a poor start to the following season saw the 54-year-old dismissed from his role. The Wednesday board might be taken with how he engineered an instant promotion.

Last season, Bilic had a brief spell in charge of Watford where he replaced the departing Rob Edwards, but his stint only stretched to early March and perhaps he is now on the shortlist of candidates for this role.

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Could Jones Return to Being Championship Manager?

Nathan Jones is now considering his next managerial move, and it would be a surprise to see the 50-year-old out of work for too much longer. The Welshman has previously achieved great things with Luton Town, guiding them through the football pyramid and actually coming close to promotion to the Championship with the Hatters.

Jones dipped his toe in the water at Stoke City in 2019 but things didn't work out as planned, while his latest exit from Luton saw the manager take charge of Southampton in the Premier League. That was another short-lived stint, but there's no denying that he regularly got a tune out of a Luton Town team in the second tier.

The odds suggest that Jones could be on a betting shortlist to replace Darren Moore, and he could certainly inject fresh energy into the Sheffield Wednesday squad, with the manager maybe looking to return to work at the earliest opportunity.

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Iachini Emerges as Surprise Contender for Owls Job

Sheffield Wednesday might decide to pluck a relatively unknown manager out of the ether to take charge at Hillsborough. Few supporters will have heard the name of Giuseppe Iachini, but the 59-year-old is among the favourites for the job with most betting apps. Iachini has had a string of managerial roles over the past 20 years, with his most recent role at Parma.

He replaced Enzo Maresca, now the new Leicester manager, at the Serie B club in November 2021, but he was unable to achieve promotion a few months later and promptly lost his job. This came after two seperate spells at Fiorentina. Indeed, his managerial career is littered with short-term appointments, and he's not lasted beyond two years at any club.

Wednesday fans might be wary of this kind of appointment considering the calibre of other managers that are available right now, although the odds now suggest that he's firmly in the running to replace Darren Moore.

Ince Could Replace Darren Moore

Paul Ince wasn't in the initial betting market to become next Sheffield Wednesday manager, but it appeared as though he could be close to landing the job. Until recently, the latest betting odds suggested that there was a strong chance that the 55-year-old will be replacing Darren Moore at Hillsborough and looking to guide the Owls forward.

Ince has held a number of managerial roles, starting off at Macclesfield Town. The former England player then had spells in charge of MK Dons and Blackburn Rovers before returning to Milton Keynes. He has subsequently taken charge of Notts County and Blackpool before a nine-year break from football management.

It would therefore come as a surprise if Wednesday turned to Ince considering that his recent experience at Reading was something of a mixed bag, but the betting apps imply that we could see the Yorkshire club hire someone who would have to convince supporters that he's the right man for the job.

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Gerrard Looks Set for Wednesday Talks

Steven Gerrard has been linked to a number of managerial vacancies in recent weeks, with the 43-year-old considering his next move after leaving Aston Villa last season. The former Rangers manager recently held talks with a Saudi Arabian club with a view to accepting a lucrative contract but has now decided to remain in England for the time being.

Gerrard has reportedly held talks with Leeds United over their vacant manager's role, but Sheffield Wednesday could be interested in someone who broke the Celtic stranglehold north of the border before he replaced Dean Smith at Villa Park. After an initially bright start at the Midlands club, Gerrard made way for Unai Emery after a string of poor performances.

This opportunity at Hillsborough could represent an opportunity for Gerrard to rebuild his reputation and steer Wednesday in an upwards direction after promotion from League One last season. It's a lower-profile role than managing in the Premier League, but there's a huge fanbase who will expect more success next season, and Gerrard is among the favourites with the best betting apps.

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Carvalhal Set for Hillsborough Return?

Carlos Carvalhal was in charge of Sheffield Wednesday between 2015 and 2017, with the Portuguese coming agonisingly close to steering the club into the Premier League during that time. The 57-year-old guided the Owls to sixth place in the Championship in his first season before losing in the play-off final.

During his second season in charge, Wednesday once again made the play-offs before losing to Huddersfield on penalties. Unfortunately, his third season at Hillsborough proved less successful and he was given his marching orders before taking the Swansea City job.

It could be that Carvalhal is now ready for a homecoming of sorts. Since leaving the Swans in 2018, he has enjoyed spells with Rio Ave, Braga, Al Wahda and Celta Vigo, with this experienced coach potentially excited about a return to England and a chance to complete some unfinished business and get the team into the Premier League.

Campelos Also Among Favourites to Manage Owls

Vitor Campelos is another manager who has entered the next Sheffield Wednesday manager betting market, with the 48-year-old currently a free agent. He has been linked with a number of managerial vacancies recently with the Portuguese most recently in charge of Chaves. He experienced great success when it came to steering the club into the Primeira Liga and then establishing them there.

Campelos is clearly a wanted man after leaving Chaves in early June, with the manager linked to Hull City and Cardiff City manager's positions. The coach has also enjoyed spells in charge of Vitória Guimarães and Moreirense and he might now feel this is a good time to test himself in England with a club who have ambitions to reach the Premier League after returning to the Championship.

Gary O'Neil Could Make Immediate Return to Management

It was a shock to see Gary O'Neil lose his job as manager of AFC Bournemouth. After all, the head coach of the Cherries had performed a minor miracle by keeping them afloat in the Premier League last season, but the club owners still saw fit to replace him.

O'Neil has certainly been able to demonstrate his coaching ability in the Premier League, and perhaps Sheffield Wednesday will want to speak with someone who was arguably one of the best-performing manager in the top flight last term based on the resources available.

The 40-year-old is relatively inexperienced, although he had a lengthy playing career, including spells with Portsmouth and Middlesbrough. He will have worked under several different managers and perhaps could end up being a good fit for a team looking to build on last season's promotion to the Championship.

Carbone Keen to Land Vacant Owls Position

Benito Carbone is a Sheffield Wednesday cult figure, having turned out for the Yorkshire club as a player. He represented the Owls between 1996-99, making 96 appearances and scored 25 goals for the team while they were in the Premier League. The 51-year-old then left for Aston Villa before spells with Bradford City, Derby County and Middlesbrough.

Carbone has been operating as a coach for over 10 years and is currently the assistant manager of the Azerbaijan national team. The Italian has reportedly applied for the vacant Sheffield Wednesday manager's position, but he remains one of the outsiders, with a lack of experience potentially ruling him out of the running.

Roles with Ternana and Crotone were something of a mixed bag, and it might be that he's overlooked for the role for now. However, Carbone has spoken about it being a 'dream' to manage a club close to his heart, with the bookies thinking there's only an outside chance that he will get the nod.

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Matthew Glazier for Bookies.com
Matthew Glazier
Matthew Glazier, the former Head of Marketing at bet365, is a veteran in the online betting industry and contributes to Bookies.com.