Who is Sheffield Wednesday's new manager Jos Luhukay?
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have found a replacement for Carlos Carvalhal, who was dismissed after a poor start to the season. This campaign was Carvalhal's third season in charge of the Owls but proved to be his last. He had taken them to the playoffs twice in the past two years but could not get them over the line and into the Premier League. Since leaving them, Carvalhal has returned straight to the game in the Premier League with Swansea City, but will face a huge task in trying to keep them in the top flight this season with them currently being bottom of the league.
Reaching the Premier League has to be the aim for a team like Sheffield Wednesday and they need someone to come in and get them challenging at the top end of the division and not in mid-table where they are now. They had been linked with the likes of Steve McClaren, Paul Lambert, Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca and Andre Villas-Boas but have not made any significant developments with any of them. However, the Owls may have found their man in Jos Luhakay.
Wednesday have appointed the 54-year-old who is vastly experienced in Holland and in Germany but has never managed a team in England. He seems very similar to Carvalhal, as in he has managed a lot of clubs and is a relatively unknown name in England. No disrespect to Luhukay, but unless any Sheffield Wednesday fans keep a keen eye on the Bundesliga, many will have never heard of him before. Nevertheless, this was the case with Carvalhal and has been the case with many foreign managers who have come into the Championship from European clubs in the past.
During his playing days, Luhukay played in both Holland and Germany as a midfielder. He started his career with his hometown club, VVV Venlo, and went on to play for Dutch clubs SVV Schiedam and RKC Waalwijk before moving to German sides KFC Uerdingen 05 and SV Straelen. He started his managerial career in 1998 with SV Straelen, just one month after retiring as a player there. He spent two years with them as their manager before moving to Uerdingen, where he also spent some of his playing days, in 2000. He was spotted by Bundesliga side Koln in 2002 and he became their assistant manager. He spent four seasons working at Koln and even had a stint as their caretaker manager in 2003.
He had his first big job as a manager in 2005 when he was appointed at SV Paderborn. However, things did not work out for Luhukay there and he ended up resigning in August 2006 and he became the assistant manager of Borrusia Monchengladbach. He later became the first-team manager here, but again only lasted one season. He went on to have longer spells with Augsburg and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga and started to make a name for himself in Germany. He proved many people wrong and spent three years at both clubs. His spells with Augsburg and Hertha Berlin were both impressive stints and he got a move to Stuttgart in May 2016 but he left after just five games and he had won three of them. He has been out of work since but his next move is to the Championship.