Warnock 'in Wednesday frame'

Neil Warnock is reportedly on a five-man shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls have finalised a list of candidates to succeed Dave Jones, who was sacked by owner Milan Mandaric on Sunday.

That list is believed to include Warnock, who managed city rivals Sheffield United for eight years, and also an international name, although the club would prefer to appoint a British manager.

Warnock has been out of work since leaving Leeds in April and is believed to be keen on a return to management.

The 65-year-old, who was born in Sheffield and is a lifelong Blades fan, said earlier this week that would consider taking over at Hillsborough on a short-term basis.

One manager who is no longer on Wednesday's shortlist is Steve Evans, after Rotherham United refused the Championship strugglers permission to speak to their manager.

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart said in a statement: "Despite the recent press speculation over the past 24 hours, I would like to fully clarify that Steve Evans will not be joining Sheffield Wednesday.

"Steve is a key part of Rotherham United's efforts to progress to the Championship and both the board of directors and Steve are delighted with progress made so far.

"We will now draw a line under the speculation as we look to prepare for the FA Cup second-round match with Rochdale this Saturday."

Wednesday sit second-bottom in the Championship table, although they boosted their hopes of survival with a 2-1 win over leaders Leicester City on Tuesday night.

Stuart Gray is expected to remain in caretaker charge of the Owls for Saturday's home clash with Nottingham Forest.