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PremierLeague-News.Com - Two former players Jon Newsome and Chris Turner have had their say on the Owls' miserable 2020/21 campaign and what they needs to be done following relegation from the Championship
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! What was your overriding emotion after Wednesday's relegation was confirmed? Jon Newsome (JN): I was devastated it actually happened but I always felt we were fighting against it with a good five, six games to go. Obviously, Derby's capitulation took it to the final day of the season and I thought we were quite lucky to get to that point. The game on Saturday epitomised Wednesday's season this year. We fell short and we weren't good enough. It is devastating for the club, the supporters and I don't think it ever hits home until the following season when the fixtures come out. That's when it really hits home. Chris Turner (CT): I think Derby tried their best to help Wednesday last Saturday. It's disappointing. We were one goal short. That result against Bristol City where we conceded near the end. That was two points dropped. There was the draw against Forest. We scored three goals at Derby - which we have not tended to do - but our defending at certain situations has been bad all season and the errors were there on Saturday. I have seen a lot of teams in League One. For the bookies to put Sheffield Wednesday as favourites (for promotion) is farcical really. It's going to be a tough baptism going back to League One and it is all going to be about recruitment going forward now. That will determine how successful next season will be. Who is to blame for the club going down? JN: I think the chairman has to take a huge amount of responsibility but I also don't think you can lay all of the responsibility at the chairman's door. I think there has to be an element of responsibility laid at the players door. We had 20 minutes to go against Derby and were winning 3-2. All we had to do was not concede a goal. Two or three minutes before they got the penalty, they had a clean one-on-one with the keeper with no one in sight. They (the players) just weren't intelligent enough to say on the day 'we will sit in here, make it two banks of four, make it impossible for them to break us down and win the game and give ourselves an opportunity.' We haven't got the football acumen to do that so I think the players need to take a responsibility as well. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now It has been an absolute catalogue of errors for a good number of years. Let's not kid ourselves. It is not a 12-month period. This has been coming for a good three or four years if not more. We have all seen it and we have all highlighted it. We have been shouted down by some supporters saying 'we don't know what we're talking about and he [Chansiri] is the best thing since sliced bread.' Nobody ever wants to be 'I told you so.' Football is a funny old game and it is not like any other business you have been involved in and we all know that. You need football people in and around the football club to advise, help and steer in the right direction. And don't get me wrong: some of those decisions that those football people make will be the wrong decisions but you are doing them with the right intentions. For me, the ultimate buck has to stop with the chairman. I do feel there has to be a time where we draw a line in the sand and say 'right, we need to move forward.' This football club does not deserve to be in the third tier of English football. It is better than that. It should be Championship, if not the Premier League for me and how do we get the football club back there? Those are the questions that we need to ask now. Do we think Darren Moore is the right man to turn things around? CT: Football management is about winning games and it always has been. But the length of a manager's job has come right down and you can see what may happen...let's go 10 game into next season and we are halfway up the league. There will be clamouring to change the manager and that's how football is today. Darren came in with 14 games to go. What I find really difficult to understand with all the appointments we have made is Darren Moore was doing an unbelievable job with Doncaster Rovers leading up to Christmas. They were flying and the only thing that kept them from challenging for the top two spots was they were four games behind due to Covid or games were postponed. Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday's 13 players' summer transfer fates examined as Darren Moore plots changes Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday 2020/21 player ratings: Windass stars but Brown, Kachunga and Marriott flop The Wednesday job was available and they gave it to Tony Pulis, rightly or wrongly, so why didn't they give it to Darren Moore then and Darren would have had four months at the job? But they didn't and they fired Tony Pulis and they gave the job to Neil Thompson for 10-12 games and then they went to go and get Darren Moore from Doncaster Rovers but he only had 14 games and unfortunately Darren was ill and he missed a chunk of those games. Look, Darren Moore is the manager so give him the tools and let him pick the players he wants and release the players he wants and build a squad of players for next season and give him a chance. It's alright the chairman saying 'he's our manager for next season' but make him the proper manager. Give him the tools that the last managers haven't been given and that's sole responsibility for signing and releasing the players. Everybody knows that is what is required and then Darren has a chance.
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. If you look at the fixture list and get a nice start to the season and a couple of games that are winnable and all of a sudden you have got points on the board after three or four games and you are mid-table, the players have got a spring in their step and a bit of confidence about them.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney (left) and Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore (right) on the touchline last weekend
The big word about it all is trust and that is the one element that this football club has struggled with and this chairman seems to struggle with. The people that he does trust; have they genuinely got the best interests at heart of Sheffield Wednesday? I don't know if they have or haven't because some of the decisions that have been made, I don't feel that they are in the best interests of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and winning games and gaining points on the field. Can the chairman say to Darren Moore 'that's your budget, this is what you have got spend, buying and selling the players is your responsibility and you crack on with it. Okay, everything needs to be run past me but I will give you the nod as many times as I can.' That's an element of trust that has not been shown by this owner in the last five or six years. Will that happen? It needs to happen. What would we like to see change this summer? CT: Everyone knows about the issues on the field. The players that are out of contract. Move them on and bring some new players in. Hopefully the recruitment will be as we have spoken about and the manager will be in full control. But when the owner comes back (to England), he has got to have a list of things - if he's going to stay as owner - to give the club the opportunity to thrive. The situation at the moment is the club is toxic on and off the field. The fans have lost all trust and all respect at this moment in time. If I was advising the owner now, I would say 'find the money and repay those fans that season ticket money you promised them.' I think it's the end of this month that he said that would be done. Then I would get a ticketing strategy that the man in the street and the fan in the street can afford to come and watch his team play. The number of supporters I speak to that don't buy season tickets 1) because they can't afford them and 2) they can't get their every week so it is not to their benefit. The (hospitality) boxes need to be put down to proper prices in commercial so the lounges are buzzing and there is an atmosphere that filters through to the dressing room. The players run out to a stadium that is rocking and the players respond to that.
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The playing squad has to be reorganised with Darren Moore in charge. He has then got to sit down with the Supporters Trust. He has got to sit down with the supporters and be totally honest and totally frank with them. All the supporters appreciate what the guy has spent and brought to the club and in some ways you feel a little bit sorry for him. He has been bled dry by agents, players and managers. He has been let down. He seems to be in a corner on his own and I think if he sought a little bit of help that there are plenty of people out there who could help him. I've offered to help the club free of charge. How can we get supporters back on board with him and the club? I sincerely hope that we are successful with this current owner because he deserves it with the money he has put in but he has got to change his attitude and the way he approaches things at the club.
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Would Chansiri win over some of his critics if he hired a CEO this summer and slashed matchday ticket prices? JN: In some respects, I think he would. We've had a chief executive before in Katrien Meire. It's alright bringing somebody in but you have got to give them the responsibility and allow them to do their jobs correctly and not interfere. I've not come on here to do a character assassination of the chairman, not by any stretch of the imagination. I'm a supporter of the football club and I want the club to do well. The guy [Chansiri] has spent a lot of money on this football club and he actually deserves some success for spending that money but it has been wasted and frittered away. The points that we are making is not to have a dig at the chairman. It's to try and help the club improve and prosper and with that the chairman's investment will increase in value and the football club will become successful and become a better place to play. As long as he is willing to listen and take the advice on board, I can only see the club heading in the right direction. Regarding the pricing structure, we all know that is wrong don't we? You go down to the club and half of the commercial boxes are empty. They all need a lick of paint. The lounges outside the commercial boxes are totally empty. Those places should be bouncing and full on a match-day and it does feed down to the players. When you arrive at the game and there are 10 to 12,000 turning up and Hillsborough looks empty, it is not inspiring. When you turn up at the game and there is a buzz and there are thousands of fans at the ground, you walk across that white line and it gets your heart going. It gives you a buzz. That is what this chairman has got to understand. Putting bums on seats, even if it means reducing those prices, and giving the supporters on the day a better product is what needs to happen.
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