SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY are close to appointing Carlos Carvalhal as their new head coach – but Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is unlikely to come in as his assistant.
The Owls have sounded out Cooper over becoming Carvalhal’s deputy, but according to sources in Wiltshire, the Robins’ chief will not be coming in as his right-hand man.
While Wakefield-born Cooper is eager to prove himself at Championship level, he is understood to be only interested in being a number one in his next position.
The 46-year-old, whose odds for being given the head coaching post with the Owls fell dramatically from 50-1 to 3-1 earlier this week, has a year left on his Swindon deal.
Cooper, son of Leeds legend Terry, earned kudos last season for taking the Robins to the League One play-off final despite operating under limited resources.
He was one of a host of names mentioned in the frame for the vacant post at Sheffield United ahead of Nigel Adkins’s appointment and has been linked with several other clubs in the past year, including Brighton.
Tentative discussions between representatives of Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri and those of Cooper took place earlier this week.
But the Yorkshireman, at a key crossroads in his managerial career with his stock fairly high, is unlikely to be enticed by a assistant position and wants his next move to be as a number one.
Little-known Portuguese coach Carvalhal is in line to become the Owls’ first non-British manager in their 148-year history.
The Portuguese has been out of management for three years since leaving Istanbul Basaksehir and has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Owls.
Carvalhal played for a host of teams in Portugal during a 15-year senior playing career including three spells at Braga, whom he later managed.
He won one Portuguese Cup and Super Cup while in charge of Leixoes during the 2001-02 season as well as a Portuguese League Cup with Vitoria Setubal in 2008.
After brief spells with Asteras Tripoli and Maritimo, Carvalhal spent the 2010-11 season in charge of Sporting Lisbon and managed Besiktas in 2011-12.
Meanwhile, Swindon’s 2014-15 top-scorer Andy Williams has held talks with Sheffield United this week.
Williams is out of contract with the Robins after netting 22 goals last term in their rise to the play-offs.