Sheffield Wednesday winless in 12 need fresh ideas.
12 games into the season and Wednesday have yet to log a single win. Despite only losing 4 games which can only bettered by the current top 3, they have recorded 7 draws.
They find themselves in the bottom 3 in the Championship and are currently incredibly bang-out of luck. They have had their fair share of misfortune in games, for instance on Saturday against Bolton they had a legitimate goal ruled out which could have seen them take all 3 points.
Although my opinion is that you make your own luck in football and life, so you can’t hide behind these excuses for long.
The supporter’s unrest is getting louder with each game that passes putting manager, players and chairman in the firing line. Milan Mandaric made his plans clear in the summer with his intention to sell. He feels that for the club to grow it needs to be under different ownership and is looking to bring in someone who he trusts.
Sammy Yu, the former Birmingham vice-chairmen and reported business acquaintance to Mandaric is supposedly running a Chinese consortium with the intention of buying the club. However, the Sheffield Wednesday fans that want to see investment straight away will no doubt be frustrated by this deal being so drawn out over an asking price.
The player commitment has been fantastic recently and Wednesday fans have responded positively to this. However, the longer the run goes on the more apathetic everyone involved with the club becomes. Antonio, Kirkland and McPhail have been praised as the shining lights in an otherwise bleak tunnel.
The players need to carry a lot of weight for this winless run, once they cross over that white line it is in their hands to perform to the best of their ability and they simply haven’t been doing this.
Dave Jones has had the biggest load dropped at his feet by the supporters, after being challenged about his ‘naïve’ tactics in games and incorrect substitutions at key points. Dave Jones has been a well-respected Championship manager for a number of years now, with a long-term job at Cardiff leaving him with a good reputation.
I feel he can pull Wednesday out of this rut, but I personally feel like he first needs to prepare to rock the boat a little bit. I understand that Mandaric will not willing to make any more money losses when his future looks uncertain and that leaves Jones in a bit of a hole.
However, I do think in this situation that the answer can come from within the squad. He needs to give someone the freedom to make that difference, someone to freshening things up. Give players the chance that have previously been restricted in a system and hope that they can find a spark. If he doesn’t change within the next couple of games then the scrutiny might be too much for him to carry on in his job.
Wednesday on paper are too good to be in the position they are in, no-one can argue that. They have well respected professionals in their side and have a list of players with a proven track-record. I don’t think they are currently in a position to challenge the play-offs or promotion but they have enough to consolidate themselves in the championship.
I think it’s a case of not letting apathy taking over in the early part of the season, the first win could act like Pandoras box and lead to a 5/6 game winning streak. In this division you just never know, but one thing is for sure, something needs to change and a bit of life needs to be invested into the club.
What do you think Wednesday fans? How can you see your club pulling out of this rut and keeping their heads above water this season? Leave a comment and discuss.
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