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Journalist claims Sheffield Wednesday are close to appointing Tony Pulis ahead of Preston clash

Preston North End take on Sheffield Wednesday when Championship football returns from the international break, and they’ll be facing a new boss.

The Owls drew 0-0 with Millwall on Saturday, and that proved to be Garry Monk’s final game in charge as he was sacked on Monday night.

Wednesday decided to give themselves the international break to make a new appointment, but it looks like they’ve found their man.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Middlesbrough at Deepdale on November 27, 2018 in Preston, England. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Telegraph’s John Percy reports that Tony Pulis is in ‘advanced talks’ to become the new Wednesday boss, though the deal isn’t 100% done yet.

Negotiations are thought to be progressing well, and the Welshman could be confirmed in his new role before the weekend.

The 62-year-old would sign a deal until the end of the season, with his first game in charge coming against North End on November 21st.

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Pulis has managed against Preston 16 times over the course of his career, winning just four times whilst drawing six and losing six.

Pulis has though beaten Alex Neil three times in seven games, drawing one and losing the other three; North End will be hoping to give Pulis the worst possible start if he does become Wednesday boss in the coming days, but Preston will understandably be wary of the new manager bounce.

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