Who will the next Sheffield Wednesday manager be following the resignation of Steve Bruce from Hillsborough?
The bookmakers’ early favourite is Chris Hughton, who was dismissed by Brighton and Hove Albion after four-and-a-half years in charge in May.
During that spell with the Seagulls, Hughton took them into the Premier League and kept them up.
That was the second time in his coaching career that he got a side promoted into the top flight.
Hughton’s previous success came at Newcastle United – where Bruce is set to take over following the departure of Rafa Benitez from Tyneside.
A safe pair of hands like Hughton is exactly what should appeal to the Owls hierarchy. Wednesday are looking for a fourth manager in the last 18 months.
Carlos Carvalhal left Hillsborough over Christmas 2017, then successor Jos Luhukay lasted less than a year in charge and Bruce less than six months.
It’s not what you call stable. This is in sharp contrast to goings on in at recent years at Bamrall Lane across town.
Next Sheffield Wednesday manager must end envy of Blades
Wednesday have seen neighbours and bitter Steel City rivals Sheffield United enjoy a period of relative stability.
The Blades have gone from League One to the Premier League under Chris Wilder, leaving Owls fans desperate to see a similar promotion push.
Chris Hughton provided such stability in recent jobs, so he’s 7/2 favourite with Betfair in the next Sheffield Wednesday manager market.
Besides his time with Newcastle and Brighton, Hughton coached Norwich City and Birmingham City.
Other potential candidates include Garry Monk and Gary Rowett, but neither has a managerial CV that matches Hughton.
Both of those followed him at Birmingham and did sterling work on a budget. Neither guided the Blues to the EFL Championship play-offs like Hughton in 2012, though.
There’s plenty to like about Hughton as next Sheffield Wednesday manager then. He is a solid choice for moving the Owls forward.
Bet of the Day: 7/2 with Betfair, Chris Hughton is next Sheffield Wednesday manager.