0 Have your say The Jos Luhukay era may be in its relative infancy but the Dutchman has already begun tightening up Sheffield Wednesday’s defence. Luhukay arrived at Hillsborough in early January, tasked with steering the club to Championship safety following a dreadful start to the 2017/18 campaign.After two stellar seasons under Carlos Carvalhal, which saw Wednesday qualify for back-to-back play-off campaigns, the club hit the buffers in the Portuguese’s third season at the helm.A poor start quickly saw the club slip down the standings and Carvalhal (inset, below left) was relieved of his duties on Christmas Eve.As well as sliding out of contention for another crack at the top six, most worrying of all was how porous Wednesday’s defence had become.Just two seasons prior, the Owls’ rearguard was water-tight having matched the club record for most clean sheets in a season with 17.That record followed the 2014/15 campaign when they also amassed 17 … [Read more...] about Luhukay effect sees Sheffield Wednesday’s rearguard tightened up
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0 Have your say The thought of becoming a manager was etched on James O’Connor’s mind for almost his entire playing career. A self-confessed student of the game, the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder’s desire to pick up knowledge from anywhere and everywhere saw him take his badges early in anticipation of a career in the dugout.That forward planning appears to have stood him in good stead.It is over six years since O’Connor swapped Sheffield for the States and his decision looks like a sage bit of business on his part. Exactly four years ago to this day, June 4, 2014, O’Connor was confirmed as the head coach at Louisville City in the United Soccer League (USL) - the second tier.O’Connor played 139 times for the Owls and was a largely underrated performer in the heart of the midfield for three-and-a-half years.Nowadays, he is getting the attention he deserves for his coaching prowess.He has led Louisville to first place in the USL … [Read more...] about Why this former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was always destined to be a manager
0 Have your say One of the interesting sub-plots for next season at Sheffield Wednesday will be what manager Jos Luhukay is going to do with Adam Reach. The versatile nature of his game means that Reach can cover a number of different positions and that willingness to dig in wherever he has been asked to play was one of the reasons why he walked away with so many Player of the Year awards from the club, fans and here at The Star.Part of that moving around, though, was because of injuries to other players and by the time the team meet up again to set off on the challenge of a new season, they should all be fit again.Reach was played primarily under Carlos Carvalhal as a left winger and often as a left back.Under Jos Luhukay he sometimes played as a left wing back but after moving there under Lee Bullen during the coach’s spell in interim charge, Reach thrived in an advanced position in the middle of the park.While many believe Reach will slot back onto the left when … [Read more...] about Adam Reach could still be a middle man for Sheffield Wednesday, says Owls coach
0 Have your say Whisper it quietly but Sheffield Wednesday need to take a leaf from the Blades’ book if they are to make a push up the table next season, according to one of their key players. Midfielder and multiple Player of the Year award winner from last season, Adam Reach is fed up by Wednesday taking too long to get going when the campaign kicks off and believes Sheffield United’s start provided a blueprint for how to set off on the challenge.In his two years at Hillsborough, Reach has seen his side take 13 points from their first 10 Championship games last year and 17 the year before.Meanwhile, in their first season back in the division after a six-year exile, United managed to pick up 21 points from the first 10 games, which they then built on and remained in contention for a play-off place up until the end of the season.While two years ago, Wednesday managed to claw their way back into the play-offs thanks to some excellent runs of results, last season … [Read more...] about Why Sheffield Wednesday need to be a bit more like United when the season kicks off again
0 Have your say Last season saw both Sheffield clubs in the Championship for the first time in more than seven years. The clubs had contrasting seasons with the Blades just missing out on the play offs after a strong start to the season which saw them top the table in November.Sheffield Wednesday in contrast had a poor start to the season but finished the campaign strongly with six wins in their last nine games resulting in a mid-table finish.Both clubs were among the best supported in the leaugue during the campaign.September saw the first Sheffield derby in six years with a crowd of almost 33,000 at Hillsborough to see the Blades run out 4-2 winners.A crowd of 31,000 were at Bramall Lane in January to see the return fixture which saw the teams share the spoils in a 0-0 draw.Here are the top seven clubs for both home and away averages in the Championship season just gone:Average home attendances: 1. Aston Villa - 32,0972. Leeds United - 31,5213. Wolverhampton Wanderers - … [Read more...] about Where did Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship average attendance table?