Sheffield Wednesday are priced at 7/4 to achieve promotion from League One this season following the sacking of Gary Megson.
The former Bolton and West Brom boss was relieved of his duties at Hillsborough by chairman Milan Mandaric on Wednesday despite having masterminded a 1-0 success over rivals Sheffield United in Sunday’s Steel City derby.
According to Mandaric, bringing in a new manager would give the club the “best chance of achieving our key aim of promotion”.
With the consolation prize of a play-off place well within Wednesday’s reach, they could yet – as Mandaric hopes – be good bets for promotion at 7/4 if the right man is appointed.
“Whilst we won what was a huge game last Sunday, I have looked at results before that to reach the conclusion which I believe is the right one for now and the future of Sheffield Wednesday,” he added.
With 13 games to go, the Owls are five points behind the second and final automatic promotion spot having played a game more than incumbents Sheffield United.
Meanwhile, they are ten points behind league leaders and promotion favourites Charlton Athletic, who are odds-on at 1/100 to go up and 7/50 to win the title.
But with the consolation prize of a play-off place well within Wednesday’s reach, they could yet – as Mandaric hopes – be good bets for promotion at 7/4 if the right man is appointed.
Names linked with the post include former Cardiff boss Dave Jones and the recently departed Huddersfield manager Lee Clark.
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That said, former Wednesday defender Darren Purse believes the Owls would have gone up with Megson still at the helm.
“You win a Sheffield derby moving up to third in the league and get sacked three days later. I don’t understand football sometimes,” he said on Twitter.
“Megson would have got Wednesday promoted this year. He loved the club and knows how to win promotion.”
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