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Thursday, 31 October, 2002, 21:35 GMT
Owls eye successor
Terry Yorath resigned on Thursday
Yorath lasted just a year in the Hillsborough hot-seat
Sheffield Wednesday will begin their search for a seventh manager in as many years with a wide and varied range of candidates in the frame.

The Owls have traditional big club status to act as a magnet for a new boss and their financial troubles appear to be easing.

Although they remain 20m in debt, Wednesday are confident of remaining afloat until the end of the season, when many of their most expensive contracts come to an end.

Outgoing manager Terry Yorath said of his successor: "If he can last until next season then I think the club can start to go forward.

"I'm talking about a clear-out and starting again. With the pay structure changing, there's the possibility of better times ahead."


Ronnie Moore

Rotherham boss Moore is believed to be Wednesday's first choice, based on his success in taking the Millers from the Third Division to First on a limited budget.

Moore's recent interest in the Ipswich job will have alerted the Owls to the former Tranmere and Rotherham player's possible availability.

However, the Millmoor board are determined not to let him move to their south Yorkshire rivals.

A Rotherham spokesman said on Thursday: "Just like the Ipswich situation, the club would refuse permission for Sheffield Wednesday to make a formal approach for Ronnie, even if they wanted to."

George Burley

George Burley pulled out of negotiations with Stoke
Burley is unexpectedly available again
It could be coincidence that George Burley abruptly broke off negotiations to succeed Steve Cotterill at Stoke just as Yorath was quitting Wednesday.

But given his eagerness to get straight back into management, it would be a surprise if the recently-sacked Ipswich boss was not interested in the Hillsborough job.

Burley was ousted at Portman Road earlier this month to complete a dramatic fall from grace less than 18 months after finishing fifth in the Premiership and being named manager of the year.

However, Stoke's enthusiasm to get him on board is testament to his record and standing in the game.

Dave Bassett

Dave Bassett's ability to escape the drop is well known in Sheffield - he kept United afloat for three seasons before eventually slipping out of the top flight by just a single point.

Now he might fancy returning to the city where he lives to take on an even bigger challenge with Wednesday.

Bassett has been linked with a move to Hillsborough in the past and was in the crowd at Yorath's last game on Wednesday night.

United links may count against him, but bringing his former Leicester colleague and ex-Wednesday player Peter Shirtliff as assistant could pacify the diehards.

Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle worked with Peter Shreeves at Hillsborough in 2000
Waddle has had a spell on the Wednesday staff
Another Sheffield resident, Waddle has already declared his interest in managing the club he had four seasons with in the mid-1990s.

Waddle's managerial experience extends to just a single season with Burnley, although he also coached at Wednesday in 1999-2000.

He threw his hat into the ring for the manager's job before Yorath's appointment a year ago and is keen to be considered again.

"I know the bulk of the squad, especially the younger ones I had in the reserves for a year when I was there. I know their strengths and weaknesses and know what they want," he said.

Chris Turner

Wednesday old boy Turner is one of the lower divisions' rising managerial stars.

The former goalkeeper took Hartlepool to the Third Division play-off semi-finals last term and currently has them five points clear at the top of the table.

Turner, who had two spells at Hillsborough in the 1970s and '80s, has been linked with Huddersfield and Sunderland since the summer and could be tempted by his old club.

Bryan Robson

The former Middlesbrough boss could be another contender for the job.

Robson was interested in the Stoke post partly because of the Potteries' proximity to his Cheshire home.

Sheffield is equally accessible to the former Manchester United midfielder, who is keen to get back into management.

Robson is a big name but mixed fortunes at Middlesbrough have left him with plenty still to prove.

Bill Green

Wednesday's chief scout will take charge of the team on Saturday with help from senior pros David Burrows, Trond Soltvedt and Kevin Pressman.

Green previously spent two years in charge of Scunthorpe, but is an outsider for anything other than a caretaker role.

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