Sheffield Wednesday: Owls set for more Cooper talks

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

It is, quite possibly, taking Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri and his advisors longer than they expected to assemble a new management team.

But the Championship club are closing in on the two people they believe are capable of taking them to the next level.

Carlos Carvalhal is expected to move to Hillsborough, having agreed personal terms with Wednesday. Braga-born Carvalhal was on the verge of joining Portuguese outfit Pacos de Ferreira before the Owls’ approach earlier this month.

It initially appeared the former Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas boss would be a like-for-like replacement for head coach Stuart Gray, who was axed just over a week ago, and the Owls wanted to bring in Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper to assist him.

Wednesday sounded out Wakefield-born Cooper, the son of former Leeds United legend Terry, regarding the prospect of him working as Carvalhal’s deputy. Sources in Wiltshire, however, say Cooper would snub any approaches to be Carvalhal’s right-hand man.


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It is understood the Owls have since revised their plans in a bid to lure Cooper to South Yorkshire and are now thought to be considering the option of offering him the head coach role, with Carvalhal working above him as general manager.

Talks have taken place with Cooper’s representatives about the alternative solution, although a formal approach has yet to be lodged with Swindon likely to demand a six-figure compensation fee. Cooper is contracted to the Robins until 2016.

Another round of discussions are poised to be held this weekend as the Owls look to finalise their new management structure.

Since taking over at the Country Ground two years ago, Cooper has, with limited resources at his disposal, led Swindon to eighth and fourth place finishes in League One. They reached the Play-Off final last month only to lose to Preston at Wembley.

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