Sheffield Wednesday must avoid two Leeds United mistakes from last season

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Sheffield Wednesday would do well to avoid Leeds United's mistakes.

While Leeds United are embarking on a new chapter of the Massimo Cellino story, Sheffield Wednesday have begun an entirely new book under new ownership of Dejphon Chansiri.

The Thai businessman took over the Owls earlier this year, and has begun to make his mark, with a host of ambitious moves.

Chansiri is determined for his investment to pay off, and for Wednesday to reclaim their place in the Premier League, a position neither they or Yorkshire rivals Leeds have been able to get back to since being relegated over a year ago.

Amid all the positive moves, it cannot be escaped that with an ambitious foreign owner ripping up plans to do things his way, is in itself reminiscent of Cellino's Leeds approach in his debut season, but it is not too late to avoid the mistakes which led to the Whites finishing only in 15th place.

Here are two key lessons Sheffield Wednesday must take from Leeds last season...

Now the new coach has been chosen, show patience

Just like Leeds getting rid of existing coach Brian McDermott, Wednesday have waved goodbye to experienced boss Stuart Gray. Chansiri has replaced him with Carlos Carvalhal, an unknown quantity in English football.

The Owls need to show more patience than Leeds did last season, firing Dave Hockaday after three games, and sacking his replacement Darko Milanic under just six.

Wednesday do have high expectations, but that must not precede an itchy trigger finger on the part of the board, who must give Carvalhal time to take the club forward.

Carvalhal has undertaken a number of jobs already in his career, with limited success or longevity, and Wednesday fans must hope they haven't repeated Leeds first mistake - by simply making a bad appointment.

Foreign talent must blend with Championship experience

Marco Matias and Alex Lopez, signed from Nacional and Celta Vigo in Portugal and Spain, are impressive additions with solid track records, while Portuguese defender Vincent Sasso has also signed.

The quality of the players brought in may tick the boxes, but the ability to adapt to the Championship is untested.

Last season Leeds invested heavily in overseas players, with Marco Silvestri and Mirco Antenucci successes, but players like Souleymane Doukara, Casper Sloth and Adryan failing to make any impression despite arriving with burgeoning reputations.

Leeds did not get the balance right, and by January then head coach Neil Redfearn was crying out for Championship experience, only to be denied the signing of Luciano Becchio, to land flop striker Edgar Cani instead.

There were also reports of a split dressing room between foreign arrivals and the existing players, a further effect of a scattergun recruitment policy across Europe, and Wednesday need to get the blend right and buy from home as well as abroad.

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