Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Season Preview: Sheffield Wednesday

Season Preview: Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday

Last Season

There will have been a feeling of relief over Hillsborough at the end of the last season given that they came dangerously close to relegation back to League One after an awful start to the league campaign. Wednesday had only just survived the previous season under the stewardship of Dave Jones and the expectation was that they may improve on last season and move into the group of mid-table clubs. That did not materialise as they suffered a disastrous start to the season not winning until early November, their 13th game of the season. By that stage they were stuck at the bottom of the table and after another three defeats on the spin at the end of the month Dave Jones was sacked and replaced on a short term basis by his assistant Stuart Gray. Gray's appointment coincided with a dramatic upturn in form as they went six games unbeaten over the Christmas period. That continued into the second half of the season as they moved away from the relegation zone and appointed Gray on a permanent basis. They suffered an indifferent end to the season losing five of their last eight games but they were comfortable enough not to be dragged back down into the relegation fight, finally finishing 16th.

The Manager
A relative novice as a manager Stuart Gray is vastly experienced as a number two throughout his coaching career. His first managerial job came at Southampton in 2001 where succeeded Glenn Hoddle. However after a very poor start to the season he lasted only three months. His second opportunity as a manager came at Northampton Town in 2006 where he replaced John Gorman. However, in his first full season the club were relegated from League One and he lasted just six games the following campaign with the team sitting 16th in League Two. However he has continued to learn as an assistant at the likes of Aston Villa and Wolves and will hope it will be third time lucky as a manager at Sheffield Wednesday.

Transfers

In:
Paul McElroy (Hull City), Sam Hutchinson (Chelsea), Kieran Westwood (Sunderland), Tom Lees (Leeds Utd), Dejan Kelhar (Red Star Belgrade)

Out: Danny Mayor (Bury), Adam Davies (Barnsley), Reda Johnson (Coventry City), Miguel Llera (Scunthorpe Utd), Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest), Jermaine Johnson (Released)

This Season
After avoiding relegation last season, Wednesday have lost a couple of key players from last season and not replaced with equal quality. Tom Lees and Kieran Westwood could be excellent additions, but given much of their success last season was built around loan signing Connor Wickham, unless a top striker in brought in to replace before the end of August they could be struggling for survival again this season.

Writer:chrisgwfc
Date:Wednesday August 6 2014
Time: 6:37PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

39th Game Abroad Not Yet On The Agenda

Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore has said that whilst he believes a 39th Premier League fixture list is still an option, it's not on the agenda just yet.

Hughes Ready For Premier League Challenge

Will Hughes got a first taste on involvement for Watford on Tuesday when the summer signing from Derby was given a run out in the victory over Viktoria Plzen in Austria.

31 Named For Watford Austrian Training Camp

Watford's pre-season got underway with a defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday and now the Hornets have now gone off to Austria for a training camp - Marco Silva has named a 31 man squad.

Silva Not Too Disappointed At AFC Wimbledon Loss

Marco Silva made a losing start at Watford following a defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday - he was of course disappointed but not too down as he's put it into perspective.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Marco Silva FINALLY be the one for the Pozzo
Suggested By:
Yes, showed at Hull what he can do68%
No, too inexperienced0%
Maybe, but too early to say25%
Hmm, will the Pozzo's EVER be happy?7%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Daniel Smith13
2.mikedrury1
Vital Football Comment