Sheffield Wednesday supporters have been reasonably satisfied in recent times after seeing their side end a run of four straight league defeats in the Championship at the weekend.
Jos Luhukay’s men went into their derby clash with rivals Sheffield United embarking upon a terrible run of form in which they scored just twice and conceded 12 in their last four league matches, a run which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table. Yet the Owls ended that woeful losing streak with a spirited 0-0 draw against Chris Wilder’s high-flying Blades on Friday night, a result which kept them in 17th place in the Championship table.
As such, there have been many satisfied Wednesday fans up and down the country in recent times, although plenty are growing increasingly frustrated with manager Luhukay, who has simply been unable to take the club forward in his 11 months in charge.
And the Owls must seek to relieve the former Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin manager of his duties in the not-too-distant future, and replace him with the vastly experienced Steve Bruce in a bid to start climbing the Championship table.
Ultimately, Luhukay came into the Yorkshire giants back in January of this year following the departure of Carlos Carvalhal to Swansea City, with the Owls sat 15th in the Championship table having lost five of their six games prior to the Dutchman’s appointment.
And 15th place was where they finished that term in what was ultimately a tough assignment for Luhukay, who won just one of his opening ten Championship matches, but finished the campaign with six wins in his last nine games.
And while the club were crippled by a transfer embargo for much of the summer transfer window, before going on a run of three straight wins between August and September, things have again gone wrong for 55-year-old Luhukay to suggest that he simply isn’t the right man to take Sheffield Wednesday forward.
Yet 57-year-old Bruce could be the perfect man to do just that, what with the former Manchester United defender currently out of work after losing his job at Aston Villa earlier this season – this all despite leading the Villans to the play-off final last time round.
In fact, Bruce has an excellent record of winning promotion from the second tier having done so twice with Birmingham City in 2002 and 2007, and indeed on two occasions with Hull City in 2013 and 2016.
Thus, who better to try and install a winning mentality around a football club that has endured their fair-share of promotion heartbreak in the last few years, having lost in the play-offs in both 2016, losing in the final to Bruce’s Hull, and in 2017, losing to Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals.
Yes, one of the biggest issues Villa fans had with Bruce was his overall negative style of play, but given things don’t appear to be much better under Luhukay at Wednesday at present, that surely won’t be a problem – after all, they are more likely to get results under Bruce, despite playing in a similar way, than under Luhukay.
Thus, with the ex-United centre back currently out of work but possessing a CV full of success in the second tier, Sheffield Wednesday must seek to part with Luhukay in favour of the 57-year-old.
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