Date:Saturday April 15 2006
Will surviving a swift return to League One and finishing 4th bottom of the Championship be a successful season for the Owls? That what we ask YOU, the Vital Sheffield Wednesday users, this week in our weekly poll.
Although the Owls' Championship status is not yet secure with four games to go, their fate is still in their own hands - and the remaining fixtures certainly favour Paul Sturrock's men.
With rivals Sheffield United now looking certain for promotion to the Premiership this season, it may be easy for some Owls fans to demand more from the team - but boss Paul Sturrock made it clear when the season started that 4th bottom would be nearly as great an achievement as promotion last season.
Sturrock himself admitted that he may have got the Owls promoted too early, and with clubs such as Sheffield United, Wolves, Leeds, and Crystal Palace spending relatively 'big bucks' - it was never going to be an easy task for Wednesday.
In Sturrock's first full term as Owls boss he's so far got rid of the players he believes couldn't cut it at this level. Players such as Lee Peacock, Craig Rocastle, Graeme Lee, Paul Heckingbottom and Danny Reet have all moved on to other clubs in lower divisions after helping the Owls to promotion last season.
Players such as Deon Burton, Marcus Tudgay, Peter Gilbert, Mikkel Bischoff, Scott Carson and Yoann Folly have all come in over the course of the season and most have impressed the Owls faithful.
After the play-offs interrupted Sturrock's summer plans last season, the Scot will now have his first full summer to work with the team and bring in fresh talent to (hopefully) compete in the Championship. So surely 4th bottom should be classed as a success and next season should be the year Sturrock is judged.
But what about Mike Newell, who brought his League One winning side into the Championship with a bang and have impressed no ends at the first attempt? Peter Taylor has also had relative success at Hull City, currently sitting comfortable in the league and in no danger of relegation.
The topic is sure to draw some debate from the Hillsborough faithful so GET VOTING NOW! in the weekly poll, or have your so on the Message Board. Voting closes on Tuesday so make sure you have your say!
Date:Saturday April 15 2006
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