Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hopeful of Cooper resolution

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

Sheffield Wednesday remain confident of thrashing out a compensation package for Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper.

Robins chief Cooper, whose deal at the County Ground is due to run out in 2016, has been sounded out by the Owls regarding the head coach role at Hillsborough.

It is understood Wakefield-born Cooper would be open to the switch, with the compensation wanted by Swindon the only real stumbling block in a deal.

Cooper steered the Robins to the League One Play-Off final last season. In the showpiece Wembley final, they were thumped 4-0 by Preston North End. From his two years at the helm, his win ratio is 45%.

Wednesday, who axed Stuart Gray a fortnight ago, are thought to be waiting to formally announce Carlos Carvalhal’s arrival until they have appointed a head coach. Carvalhal, formerly of Sporting Lisbon, Braga and Besiktas, is poised to become the Owls’ new general manager, having agreed personal terms last week. Carvalhal has been out of management for the last three years.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Championship tussle with Reading, originally scheduled for Tuesday August 18, kick-off 7:45pm, has been put back 24 hours.

It has also been confirmed the Owls will entertain Mansfield in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, August 11.