Carlton Palmer blasts Sheffield Wednesday for a variety of reasons

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Former West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest defender Carlton Palmer believes Sheffield Wednesday could be in for a tough season.

Former Sheffield Wednesday fans’ favourite was not in good spirits talking about his former club and attacked different aspects of the club, to the Sheffield Star, going into the new season.

The 49-year-old blasted the amount of people working behind the scenes, the reputation of the new manager, Carlos Carvalhal, the lack of money and the signings made by the club so far.

Too many cooks

Palmer was adamant that the amount of people behind the scenes at Hillsborough will make life difficult for the new manager. The former Owls great said: ‘’There is a real that there are too many cooks."

‘’I don’t disagree with the director of sports role as a lot of managers nowadays want to deal only with the first team and what’s going on with them so they don’t want to speak to agents."

‘’To be successful, they need everyone signing from the same hymnsheet and I don’t know how that’s going to be possible with so many people involved."

People won’t put their reputation on the line to work with Carvalhal

Another aspect that Palmer seemed to really not like was the appointment of former Besiktas boss Carlos Carvalhal.

Carvalhal’s reputation was questioned by Palmer, who added: ‘’It’s going to be difficult [hiring coaches] because people don’t know him. They are not going to put their reputations on the line to go and work with him.’’

Signings so far and the lack of funds

On the playing staff, Palmer was disappointed with how slow the progression was to get players with pedigree through the door.

Darryl Lachman, Jack Hunt, Vincent Sasso and Marnick Vermijl have all come through the door in one form or another in the past few weeks but the former England midfielder doesn’t believe that will be enough, and the board need to show more intent.

‘’Sheffield Wednesday have got no where near the highest wage bill in the league so the chairman is certainly going to have to start putting his money where his mouth is,'' said Palmer.

“When he says he wants promotion within two seasons, he’s going to have to back that up with signings."

“So far, they have signed two foreign players, but not signed anybody of note. They have got to sign players of pedigree. That’s what it is all about. You are not going to get promoted if you haven’t got that quality.''

Reasons to be cheerful or fearful? 

Palmer clearly raises some interesting points and even the most optimistic Wednesday fan would struggle to back them for promotion as it stands. 

With a month to go until the season kicks off, there is still plenty of time to get a squad in place to ensure the Owls are at the right end of the table when the campaign ends. It will undoubtedly take a lot of effort, but if the chairman Dejphon Chansiri is serious about promotion within two years then he will have to graft for it. 

The Sheffield club will have a lot of fierce competition for a top six finish this season and a slow start is the last thing they need if they are going to put up a strong fight for promotion. 

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