Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with Dutchman Jos Luhukay by “mutual consent” following a tough run of 1 win out of 10 games for the Owls.
Reports had been circulating the internet for a number of weeks, however these reports were soon shut down by Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri, who at the Owls fans forum, backed Jos Luhukay, claiming that changing manager “will not guarantee success”. Many fans interpreted this as Mr. Chansiri confirming that Jos would not lose his position, however just two days later, things take a turn and Luhukay is now out of work.
Sheffield Wednesday FC made a statement on their website at approximately 7.20PM Friday, less than 24 hours before the Owls face Preston North End, confirming the wide-spread news of Luhukay’s departure.
The Owls chairman had this to say about Luhukay: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Jos for the efforts he has given to Sheffield Wednesday.
“But now is the right time for both parties to move on and I wish him the very best for the future.”
Sheffield Wednesday also confirmed in their statement that coach and former player for the Owls Lee Bullen will take leadership of the team until a permanent replacement is appointed. The club will not make any further comment at this time.
Luhukay has left the Owls in 18th-place, just 5 points above the Championship relegation zone. He was in charge for just 11 months, having succeeded former boss Carlos Carvalhal in January.
The lead up to the news of his departure showed that Jos Luhukay held talks with Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri this morning, therefore he did not take charge of the first team training session, nor did he conduct his usual pre-match press conference, that was instead lead by coach Lee Bullen.
The Owls have been heavily linked with Steve Bruce, who was sacked by Aston Villa in October. Bruce is no stranger to the Championship, having won 4 promotions in the EFL. Two with Birmingham, and two with Hull. Reports show that Chansiri has potentially offered Bruce a massive £2m/year contract to bring him to the Owls. (Source: The Sun)
We understand that Bruce is staying home for Christmas and the New Year. After promising his family to be there following the tragic death of both of his parents, however, reports show that the Owls could bring in Bruce’s backroom staff in Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence beforehand.