Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Oh To Be An Owls Boss!

Oh To Be An Owls Boss!

Hillsborough is packed with 20,000 football managers every other week - so why do so many Owls managers get things wrong? Carl Parkin discusses...

-------------------------------------------

There is a reason most of us are not managers.

The reason is that we see things, and can see the obvious solution, whereas if you manage Sheffield Wednesday, the solution is to play somebody out of position, and completely ruin the whole setup of the team.

It seems that because one manager once by chance did a risky move, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions ever: that manager was Trevor Francis, and of course the player was Paul Warhurst who had one of the most amazing seasons in 1993.

Unfortunately since 1993 there seems to be a catalogue of completely stupid decisions by our many managers who come on the radio trying to justify changes that the average fan with a bit of football knowledge cannot understand.

Trevor Francis got lucky with Warhurst, but 2 years later he signed Guy Whittingham, and he started his campaign with us with 4 goals in 2 games, so with a record like that, there was only one obvious position that he could play for us, but of course Tricky Trev decided he was a midfielder, and Francis completely destroyed him.

The same manager bought Ian Taylor to replace Carlton Palmer, most of us thought it was a like for like signing, but Francis decided that he was going to play him as a right winger. Francis also acquired the amazing talent of 17 year old Chris Bart-Williams, and decided to stick him out on the left, even though most of us saw him as the successor to John Sheridan, and of course CBW got disheartened, and eventually went to Forest.

Enter David Pleat, and in 1995 we went top of the league after a stunning start with Richie Humphreys scoring a goal a game up front. This was not good enough for Pleat, and he decided to knock the stuffing out of Richie by playing him in midfield and at full-back. WHY???

Every single manager over the last few years seems to have continued doing this. Danny Wilson played £1 million striker Richard Cresswell as a winger, destroyed him, and sold him on the cheap. WHY????

Steven Haslam was England Youth captain, playing with Michael Owen. He was a good centre half, but all the Wednesday managers played him in midfield, where he was, well, rubbish, and we just completely ruined any potential he had.

Leigh Bromby was a brilliant right footed centre half, so we played him for a year at left-back, and of course he left for free, and is now in the Premiership with the Blades.

Paul Sturrock almost destroyed Chris Brunt last year, he stuck him on the right claiming some rubbish idea that he would cut in and score more, but Brian Laws has stuck him on the left again, and he is our top scorer: so much for Sturrock's brilliant ideas then.

But Mr Laws is not exempt from this. Most of us realise that Marcus Tudgay is the most dangerous of our strikers, yet with JJ & Wade Small out injured, Tudgay is being forced out on the right. It was being played as a winger that made him leave Derby in the first place.

I know we need someone on the right, but why don't we put our best players in their best position first, and them fill in with what is left?

We could stick David Graham out there, but why play our best striker out wide? Tudgay never gets round the back and crosses in, so what use he is out there: we could stick anyone in a Blue and White shirt out there.

Why is it always our manager tinkering like this? Charlton have injuries, and Rommedahl has been out most of the season, but they don't stick Darren Bent out there on the wing just to fill the gap, they know that he is their best chance of scoring goals, so he plays up front.

Does nobody out there know how an Owls manager picks the team? Is it not obvious to build 'The Spine' with your best centre half, best midfielder, and best striker, then fill in around that spine ?

Am I right ? Am I just using common sense and stating the obvious ?

No point applying for the job then?

Carl.


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

Writer:Nick
Date:Wednesday March 14 2007
Time: 12:00PM

Comments

0
talk about playing players out of position, Luton last night against us had a defender up front. helped us though and well done on beating colchester
thedunedan
14/03/2007 09:22:00
0
The most risky thing that Francis ever did was to tell his mate Platini that he "wouldn't sign Eric Cantona until he has seen him play on grass". WFT...Pro footballers dont do drugs Trevor. Well, maybe! I was at the Sheffiled Arena the night Cantona made his debut for the Owls, in a 5-a-side competition...boy was he good! Shame it was his one and only apprearance. Then to cap it all off he went and signed for Bradfords other team.
Smurf
14/03/2007 12:22:00
0
Good article and something I become frustrated with week after week!
welshyowl
14/03/2007 12:30:00
0
tudgay & burton is our best partnership up fromt but i can see why tudgay plays on the right wen we have no winger fit! pace! and as for him never gettin in behind full backs and gettin crosses in, he did that a good few times against colchester last night and if it had not been for a last ditch tackle from their defender burton would have scored from a tudgay assist! if he was playin him there with johnson & small fit then you might have a point but in the odd games, due to injuries, i think he does well out there!!!
FUTURES BLUE N WHITE
14/03/2007 15:05:00
0
I understand playing him there the odd game in an emergency, but like you say, he is 50% of our best strike parnership, so what is more important, scoring goals and winning games, or covering a position, and crossing balls to a less potent partnership ?
haxeyowl
14/03/2007 19:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Twitter Reaction: Retained List

We look at your tweets following the release of the retained list, for the players coming to the end of their current deals.

Season Tickets Back On Sale

We look at the news that STs are back on sale for the 2017/18 campaign.

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

Vital Wednesday - 'Get Involved'

We're always by the fans for the fans

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are you happy Carlos is staying at S6?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Yes!87%
Indifferent feelings11%
New man by Christmas2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg6
2.swfcjambo4
3.tonyone1
4.brinsworthowl1
Vital Football Comment