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Everything posted by paulrs

  1. Have Wednesday ever started the season with four clean sheets? Like, ever?
  2. We could bum around the championship for another 20 years but at least I’ll always be able to say that I had the privilege of watching the English Footballer of the Year in a Wednesday shirt. I didn’t go to many away games but I saw his debut at Everton and his last game (I think?) at West Ham. Proper legend.
  3. The wasted words on here debating Jordan Rhodes over the last three seasons Rhodes is a total lost cause: truly and utterly hopeless. Apart from one half against Forest there’s been no evidence to the contrary for years. We’ll be in dire dire straits if we put any kind of reliance on him this season.
  4. I’ve had a high regard for Dyche since he was at Chesterfield. Once upon a time I did a bit of local media reporting, and my first gig was at Chesterfield when he was skipper there. As this nervous 20-year-old stood outside the dressing room area trying to pluck up courage to ask a player for an interview he spotted me, walked over and said “come here, I’ll talk to you”. He gave a really good interview, made it easy for me, wished me luck and off he went. For me, he’s better than Wilder. He’s done it year in year out, at a modest sized club with an antiquated stadium and very limit
  5. "After two difficult seasons, we have put a lot of thought and work into what we want to be," said head of football operations Leigh Bromby. Who knew.
  6. Will crowds even be allowed by September, or whenever the new season starts. I doubt it to be honest. If they were though, you make a valid point. - Impact of Covid (Safety issues, economic fallout, apathy towards attending games) - High ticket prices - Entertainment levels amongst the worst in living memory - United having their best season in living memory - Animosity from many towards the manager - Animosity from many towards the chairman - Effects of any FFP punishment Doesnt look good
  7. Since 90/91 Not saying they were all great players, but players who probably played the best football of their career with us... Warhurst Bart-Williams Bright Hyde Atherton Booth Carbone Alexandersson Thome It gets harder after the drop out of the Prem. but how about... McGovern MaClean Simek Tudgay Madine Lee Hutchinson Forestieri
  8. Put BBC news on a second ago and they were showing an old interview with him, immediately knew the worst. Manager when I started supporting Wednesday. Did terrific things for us and always loved his character in the years after he left. My dad is a fly fishing loving Leeds supporter so he’ll be even more gutted. Jack and Norman Hunter were his absolute heroes. How we could do with another Jack Charlton at Hillsborough. Tears in my eyes right now.
  9. Only just seen this while stood in the queue at the chippy, and laughed out loud. Staff must think I’m mental.
  10. This is good for us, you’d think. We’ve been on a dire run and we needed something to change. Be it the manager, the tactics, the attitude of the players, or maybe all three. Now we get minimum 3 weeks to forget about games and sort ourselves out for the run-in (if it happens!)
  11. They’ll find a way to finish the season. The ramifications of abandoning it would be massive. Play the games into the summer and postpone the Euros til next year. Or finish it in August / September and have some kind of slightly truncated competition next year to get things back in sync. Both far preferable to a total abandonment (as much as I’d love that)
  12. For the good of both us and football in general it must happen this season. I don’t know if that’s realistic though to be honest. All the talk about starting afresh next year would be undermined if we go into the season with a points penalty. And agree with those who think the team who finished third from bottom this year will kick off massively if we’re seen as somehow getting away with it. If Chansiri was, as some believe, just using stalling tactics in the hope we’d get promotion first and escape jurisdiction then now promotion is off the table we desperate
  13. Hutch was still around a week or so ago, cos he and Fletcher drove past me near the University in Fletchers Bentley. Doesn’t really answer the mystery, just sayin
  14. It is dramatic! But I was pondering a similar scenario the other day. What is depressingly clear to me is that Chansiri is either incapable or unwilling to do ANY of the things he needs to do to turn things around. The club is totally disengaged from its fans, there is no senior management structure in place, communication is poor, and the state of the financial management is there for everyone to see. So yes, I too see little light at the end of the tunnel I’m afraid.
  15. I thought Monk was an okay appointment and there’s no doubt he started off well, but I’ve been less and less impressed with him as time has gone on. Constant team changes, some of our best players banished, an inability to score at home, the constant selection of Dawson and Pelupessy no matter how bad their performances, I could go on. The fans, by and large, never seem to have taken to him either. And Whilst I really don’t want us trying to attract a new manager in our current state, and I think Monk really does care, I feel like he may be past the point of no return.
  16. There’s some truth in that. There didn’t seem to be much of a blueprint as they went through the likes of Robson, Blackwell, Speed, Adams, Wilson, Weir, Clough and Adkins. You’d think eventually they’d roll a six - they tried often enough. However their commercial operation and academy setup has been a step up from ours for some time. I was thinking their academy hadn’t developed much of note in recent years and then realised there are at least 6 players recently gone into the Prem that they played some role in developing (Lowton, Brooks, Ramsdale, Adams, Maguire & Calvert Lewi
  17. Can’t argue. I accept that shot got a tiny deflection but I can’t help but think he should’ve done better. Most error-ridden keeper we’ve ever had and we’ve just given him a nice long contract. It’s looking like Another awful misjudgment by the club’s management I’m afraid.
  18. Was thinking of saying the same. Questioning his suitability to lead the club is not a new phenomenon of course, but in our current state it’s entirely incumbent on our leader to be visible, supportive, determined, motivating.... The fact he is entirely the opposite just shows how unsuited he is to running this great club and he needs to get out fast or employ a team of qualified people to do it for him. But will he? I very much doubt it. What the fuuuck have we done to deserve Richards, Allen and Chansiri all within 20 years?!
  19. This is roughly my theory, but it might not be as dramatic as people are making out. Its good practice to look now to tie down the players you really want to keep in the summer. Hence the club quite legitimately start contract talks with Dawson and Fox. All the others who are out of contract are left wondering ‘where’s my offer then?’ and either it doesn’t come or the club say they’re not getting one. Assuming for a minute that is what happened, I’m not sure what else the club could’ve done. And if certain players stop trying as a result then the blame is 10
  20. Whatever you say about Bullen you can’t accuse him of not caring
  21. Apologies in advance for any marketing bullsh*t but people talk about ‘culture’ and ‘identity’ but in marketing terms what we lack is a real brand. What exactly does - or should - Sheffield Wednesday stand for? Do we want to charge premium prices to watch gifted technical players playing attractive football? In which case the facilities, catering, merchandise etc should follow suit. Or do we want a team of honest grafters, built on youth, hunger, hard work and organisation? Less pleasing to the eye perhaps but with a strict wage structure. lower ticket prices and more d
  22. Based on the past few games I Think “average” is being incredibly generous
  23. The defence so far has been appalling. It’s as if we’ve gone with an untried formation and are playing a forward at wing back.
  24. The defence so far has been appalling. It’s as if we’ve gone with an untried formation and are playing a forward at wing back.
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