Sheffield Wednesday want to appoint former Chelsea coach Jose Morais as their next manager after sacking Tony Pulis.
Pulis was in charge of the Owls for just 45 days, with his dismissal coming two days after a 1-1 draw at Blackburn – his tenth game as manager
The Championship strugglers announced his departure late on Monday, with chairman Dejphon Chansiri pointing to apparent issues on and off the pitch as the club sits second-bottom in the table.
It was also announced first-team coach Neil Thompson will take charge of the team until a permanent replacement is found, starting with Tuesday’s game against Middlesbrough.
But talkSPORT understands Wednesday are already lining up Pulis’ replacement, and are keen for Jose Morais to come in.
Morais is best known for his career as Jose Mourinho’s assistant, following his countryman from Porto to Inter Milan, Real Madrid and then to Chelsea.
Aside from his time with the Blues, the 55-year-old also has Championship experience having been Barnsley manager in 2018, although that ended after just three months when the side was relegated to League One.
Pulis took over at the Owls after Garry Monk was booted out last month.
The former Stoke, West Brom and Middlesbrough boss spent a year out of the game after leaving Boro in June 2019, but is now without a job again having steered Wednesday to just one win on ten games.
Chansiri said in a club statement on Monday night: “The performances and results have not been of the level expected since Tony Pulis was appointed. There are also other issues which have had a bearing on this decision.
“On the pitch, seven points from a possible 30 is not acceptable. It is vital we maintain our Championship status and I feel I must make a change now with over half of the season remaining to give us the best possible chance of doing so.”
Wednesday lie second bottom of the table on 13 points, three points from safety.