Sheffield Wednesday: Cooper emerges as rival for head coach role

LITTLE-KNOWN Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal remains strong favourite for the Sheffield Wednesday head coach role - but Swindon manager Mark Cooper have emerged as a potential rival in the betting in a surprise development.

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Some bookmakers closed their markets last night with 49-year-old Carvalhal being the overwhelming odds-on favourite and seemingly in line to become the Owls’ first non-British coach in their 148-year history.

But Yorkshireman Cooper, who has done an impressive job with limited resources at the County Ground and took the League One side to the

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play-off semi-finals last term, has seen his odds slashed right down to 3-1.

Cooper, son of former Leeds United great Terry, was also among the candidates in the betting for the vacant post across the Steel City at

Sheffield United before the post was given to Nigel Adkins recently.

Former Beskitas and Sporting Lisbon coach Carvalhal is still widely expected by many to become Stuart Gray’s replacement, although there

are no concentrate indications of when the Hillsborough club will make an annoucement.

Others in the betting include former Owls midfielder John Sheridan.

Wednesday are seeking their 12th head coach/manager since 2000 after Thai owner Dejphon Chansiri elected to dispense with the services of Gray after an 18-month spell in charge - after deciding that the 55-year-old was too low profile for the post.