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Owls Need A Motivator, Not Irvine

Owls Need A Motivator, Not Irvine

Over a month after Milan Mandaric claimed control of Sheffield Wednesday, the 'new era' which was heralded has thus far failed to materialise, and many Wednesday fans, myself included, have had to question the direction in which the club is heading, writes Will van de Noort.

Of course, this isn`t down to Mandaric - the vast majority of concerns that are being raised are directed at the under-pressure manager, Alan Irvine, who has failed to galvanise a Wednesday squad that, on paper, are clearly one of the best squads in the division.

Reda Johnson's late equaliser at home to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night fails to hide what is, in truth, a home draw against a side in the drop zone, who played a significant portion of the match with nine men.

Alan Irvine's record as Wednesday manager does not make for good reading. Even with last season not considered - he had inherited what was a poor squad from Brian Laws - Wednesday have lost more games than they have won in a league in which they were expected to mount a serious bid for promotion.

Wednesday find themselves in limbo between the play-offs and the drop
zone - and in a league as tight as League One, a continued run of poor form could see them engage in a relegation battle, rather than the promotion fight that fans were hoping for - or rather, expecting - at the start of the season.

Personally, I think it is time for Irvine to move on. He has had ample time to see his own squad 'gel' into the division, but if he is unable to galvanise what is a Championship-quality team in League One, then surely a fresh impetus is required. Mandaric, hardly renowned for his patience, will not sit back and let this club spend another season in the third tier.

As a resident in Exeter, a good five hours from Sheffield, I can't say I've experienced watching Wednesday on a regular basis this season. That said, the games I have been to have hardly been fruitful - the
5-1 reverse at Exeter emphasised to me that the Wednesday squad have no desire to play at this level, but also no desire to resurrect that problem - they can`t be bothered to play in League One, but they can't be bothered to win promotion to the Championship either.

Alan Irvine cuts an incredibly uncharismatic and bland figure, and for
me, what Wednesday need is a manager to get the side motivated, and get them to 'want' to play in this league and 'want' to get us

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Will van de Noort
Date:Thursday January 27 2011
Time: 12:26PM


Nail Head
27/01/2011 12:41:00
Good write up and totally agree.
27/01/2011 12:42:00
Heard Paul Ince has been mentioned. What about man motivator judas for a third time,lol.
27/01/2011 12:49:00
Yes agree with all the above time for Father Ted to pick up his bible and leave.I had high hopes for him especially when Preston fans where in uproar bout his departure and the glowing reports he got from Evertons manager etc,but his style of football is boring and playing players out of position no flare in side and why hes not playing Heffernan i dont understand.Like said in above report we have best team in division yet playing like we $hit scared and no one in team wanting to take control on pitch.
27/01/2011 12:49:00
would not want Paul Ince. I don't rate him as a Manager at all I'm afraid. if Irvine were to leave I'd really like to see Mandaric work his magic and bring in a relatively high profile name if possible (given we're in league one). bit gutted for Irvine because despite his record I do still rate him - I just feel we're in a position now were we can't afford to waste anymore time on an approach that for us, clearly isn't working. I like Irvine but agree change is probably needed.
Carbone's Padawan
27/01/2011 12:55:00
These are interesting points that you raise. Father Ted obviously prepares in detail for each game, although sometimes I wonder if he gives the players too much information for them to take in and understand? (Don Revies' infamous dossiers come to mind here) Things could turn round for him very quickly by the purchase of a ball winning vocal midfielder, who would have the experience and confidence to shout at the players to tell them when they are going wrong (Tuesday evening long balls in the box despite a two man advantage makes me wonder if anyone on the pitch ever thinks and hence this need for such a player). My question to all us fans is "who should we get in?"
27/01/2011 13:01:00
Chris Hughton
27/01/2011 13:16:00
IT would be a shame if he gets sack cos he his generally a hard working decent bloke but its just not happening for him,wudnt mind them bringing in a manager for irvine to work along side.And no i also wudnt like Paul Ince despite him turning Countys season around of late.We need a manager that can get the best out of his team.
27/01/2011 13:26:00
I agree with Ollyowl. He seems like a hard working manager but cant get the best out of them. We have a great team compared to some in this league and should be thumping teams 4-0 not getting thumped!! Names in the hat time! who do we want? I agree with Hughton also maybe Hodgson fancies sometime out the limelight and a "project"??
27/01/2011 14:04:00
poor article, pure opinion summed up entirely by the 2nd to last paragraph. surely someone can produce something more interesting than this!
Hirsty's Shinpads
27/01/2011 14:05:00
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