Things have almost started perfectly for Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday following his official arrival at the club at the beginning of February.
The former Aston Villa manager was originally appointed in January to try and turn things around, however, the work he has done since he has actually been at Hillsborough is nothing short of incredible.
The Owls looked rather poor at times under Jos Luhukay in the winter months and Dejphon Chansiri decided to act after a number of the club’s supporters began to grow frustrated with what the Dutchman brought to the club.
With Bruce at the helm, he is yet to taste defeat in the six games he has overlooked, guiding them to three wins and three draws.
Those 12 points he has picked up has also helped Sheffield Wednesday climb away from the bottom three and has given them a real chance of obtaining promotion to the Premier League next season instead.
Following their 2-0 win against Brentford on Tuesday – in which Steven Fletcher hit a brace – the Owls are now in mid-table and sit just six points off a playoff place with 12 games left to play of the season.
In what would have been deemed an unlikely possibility, promotion would also help the club enormously in terms of their Financial Fair Play regulations and would help the Hillsborough outfit to avoid any further sanctions, such as a transfer embargo.
The defence has also significantly improved under Bruce as well, with the club having kept four clean sheets in his last six matches – which is an incredible feat considering shut outs were rare under Luhukay.
Admittedly, Wednesday still have a rather hard run in during the final stage of the campaign, with the likes of Leeds United, Norwich City, Derby County and arch-rivals Sheffield United – who are next on Monday night – to play.
But with a manager like Bruce at the helm, there is no real reason as to why they can not take a number of points from those opponents, whilst also making the most against sides that are currently struggling within the division.
There will be an argument that some of his players need to get better on the field with their performances, however, the January additions he made will have given the squad a fresh outlook and appear to already be proving to be excellent signings.
If Luhukay was still in charge, it would be hard to say that things would be going as well as they are for the Owls.
However, the decision by Chansiri to replace him with Bruce appears to have been a masterstroke and one that could potentially provide dividends for Sheffield Wednesday in the short-term future.
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