Neil Warnock in contention for Sheffield Wednesday job

Neil Warnock

Former Sheffield United and Leeds boss Neil Warnock is in contention for the vacant Sheffield Wednesday job.

The Owls are looking for a new manager after Dave Jones was sacked on Sunday.

Warnock, 65, spent seven years in charge of the Blades and has been out of work since leaving Leeds in April.

"I'm making a shortlist of four to five candidates and at some time tomorrow I'll start interviews. Neil is a candidate," chairman Milan Mandaric told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I'm looking at people outside of England, but my preference is to bring someone in with experience in this country and in this league.

"I don't think anything will happen before the weekend because I want to take my time and give (caretaker manager) Stuart Gray the support he needs."

Wednesday beat Leicester on Tuesday to register only their second league win of the season, but remain next to bottom of the Championship table.

Warnock's managerial career began in 1980 and Wednesday would be his 13th club - two of them non-league - if offered the job by Mandaric.

However, it is well known that he is a supporter of United, who he led to the Premier League in 2006, a feat he repeated with Queens Park Rangers in 2011.

When asked in 2002 what he would do if he ever managed Wednesday, he said: "I would buy some bad players, get the sack and then retire to Cornwall."

But in 2010, he said he would consider taking over at Hillsborough.

Wednesday have not disclosed any of the other names on their shortlist, but Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart distanced his side's manager, Steve Evans, from the post on Tuesday.

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