Steve Bruce to decide Sheffield Wednesday players' fate after talks with Dejphon Chansiri next week

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The Sheffield Wednesday manager will meet with his chairman after the Easter weekend.

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Steve Bruce has predicted a busy week to come as he prepares to discuss his summer plans with the Sheffield Wednesday chairman, Dejphon Chansiri.

Wednesday's fate should be decided by the end of the Easter period, and Bruce has accepted it is unlikely that his side can gatecrash the Championship play-offs.

At that point, the Owls boss's focus will turn to next season and, primarily, the futures of those nine senior players whose contracts expire in June.

Speaking via Sheffield Wednesday's official Facebook page on Thursday, he explained. "We’ve two games in 48 hours, then next week we’ll sit down with the chairman and the powers-that-be and thrash out really what is next.

 

"Obviously, there’s big decisions on a lot of players, and a lot of players who’ve done very, very well for me. Up until a week ago really I was just concentrating on can we make a late dash to where we want to get to.

"Mathematically, we can still get there. It’s going to be highly unlikely, but we can’t give up. So these two games are not just defining for the season, but after that then of course that horrible side of management comes into it and that’s what we’ve got to face."

This will be Bruce's first full transfer window as Sheffield Wednesday manager, having officially begun work at the end of January.

Manager of Sheffield Wednesday Steve Bruce looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday at Bet365 Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Stoke on Trent,...

And he claimed he is still in the dark about what sort of budget he'll have.

"I’ve never really asked the chairman anything about finances," he added. "Even when I met him about the job it was just ‘let’s get on with it,’ you know? I’ll know more in the next week or so. But there have been (financial) restrictions over the last 12 months, everybody is aware of that. So we’ll see where we are."

And he reiterated to those of a Sheffield Wednesday persuasion that some unpopular decisions await.

"I think in management you have to make big decisions and I think that’s what you’re judged upon. Sometimes they (don’t make you) as popular as you would want to be with them and that’s probably a situation we’ll be in.

"But I think the first thing is to address the players out of contract and there’s eight or 10 of them. So it’s going to be a busy week next week.

Keiren Westwood of Sheffield Wednesday gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday at Bet365 Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Stoke on Trent,...

"And there’s some changes you might have to make because we have to try and move forward. Let’s be fair, when we think of the play-off final when I was involved against Sheffield Wednesday, 90 per cent of the squad are still here. They’re three years older and maybe it’s time now to have a freshen up and that’s what we’ll look at."

Four of Sheffield Wednesday's recent regulars, Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer, George Boyd and Gary Hooper are among those in the final months of their contracts, along with Daniel Pudil, David Jones, Almen Abdi, Marco Matias and Kieran Lee.

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