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Sheffield Wednesday target new manager ahead of PNE clash, Paul Cook linked

Preston North End went into the international break off the back of a 2-1 defeat against Rotherham United, leaving Alex Neil to search for answers.

When Preston come back to Championship action, they’ll face another side from South Yorkshire, as Sheffield Wednesday travel to Deepdale.

They’ll do it with a new manager at the helm, as they sacked boss Garry Monk on Monday night following a poor run of form.

The Owls have scored just once in their last five Championship games, picking up just four points in that run.

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Monk has now lost his job following a 0-0 draw with Millwall on Saturday, and they are attempting to get a new boss in before the trip to North End.

The Daily Mail report that Paul Cook is an early favourite for the job, having been out of work since leaving Wigan Athletic over the summer.

Cook’s record against Preston isn’t particularly stellar; he’s won just once in eight games against North End, with just six goals in his favour in that time.

If Cook does land the Wednesday job, Preston will hope to add another defeat to his record – but will ultimately be aware of the famous ‘new manager bounce’.

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