It seems like a long time since Sheffield Wednesday arrived at bottom side Stoke City on Boxing Day last season sitting third in the Championship.
They were 2-1 up when the referee’s watch slipped into the 90th minute, in fact – but since that incredible injury-time turnaround at the bet365 Stadium, things have gone from bad to worse for Wednesday and Garry Monk.
They only won four games in the second half of the season and remarkably ended up finishing below Stoke in the table.
It hasn’t helped that they have also been deducted six points for breaching EFL financial rules, nor that they lost key men Morgan Fox and Steven Fletcher to Stoke as free agents in the summer.
They are currently second-bottom after 11 games of 2021/20 with three wins to their name – and they would still be fourth from bottom if they hadn’t had that points penalty, even if the division is so tight all the way up to mid-table.
The axe fell on Monk last night and now Dejphon Chansiri is searching for his replacement as manager.
The bookies immediately installed Wigan’s Paul Cook as favourite for the job but his odds have slipped to 6/4 this morning – overtaken by ex-Stoke boss Tony Pulis (5/4).
Former Stoke coach Nigel Pearson (13/2) is also among the runners and riders.
Pulis said last season: “I’m not so sure I’m ready for retirement. I think Debs has had enough of me already.”
He added: “I’m very open-minded about what to do. It was important I took a break. I don’t think anyone in football – and most probably at Middlesbrough as well – realised how difficult a job that was.”
Latest Sheffield Wednesday new manager odds: Tony Pulis (5/4), Paul Cook (6/4), Nigel Pearson (13/2), Eddie Howe (9/1), Ryan Lowe (10/1), Danny Cowley (14/1), Bruno Lage (18/1), Derek McInnes, Lee Johnson (18/1), Carlos Carvalhal (20/1).