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Bring Back the Glory Days: My Sheffield Wednesday Story

Started on 1 July 2012 by Blue
Latest Reply on 8 July 2012 by Blue
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This is my first proper club management career, I’ve mainly just managed national teams and messed about with clubs like Sporting Lisbon before, but I’ve decided to knuckle down, and I’ve chosen Sheffield Wednesday, a club in League 1, who did actually get promoted this season.

I’ve already identified some transfer targets, such as Michail Antonio, Keith Treacy and Miguel Llera. These might already be in Wednesday’s squad, but I haven’t actually started the career yet, so I don’t know whether they are or not, and what my transfer budget.

I’ll be trying to build my team around pace, but also Jose Semedo, and trying to play an attractive, passing game. Not just lumping it, and hoping for the best.

So basically what I want is to bring the glory days back to the blue half of Sheffield.
Good luck to you, & can't wait for your story to begin.
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Pre- Season
Wednesday 4-0 Wednesday Reserves
Stocksbridge 0-4 Wednesday
Wednesday 1-2 Cardiff City
Wednesday 1-1 Chelsea Reserves
Wednesday 1-1 Aston Villa
Overall, a pleasing few results, especially the last two, both against big teams, who I expect to do well this season.
Drury- Ipswich- Loan
Ward- Portsmouth- £240k
Park- Middlesbrough- Loan
Afobe- Arsenal- Loan
Vuckic- Newcastle- Loan

O’ Donnell- Bristol City- £80k and £60k over 12 months

I’m also attempting to sign Mitrovic from Chelsea. Any suggestions for transfers (free preferably) would be appreciated.
Mitrovic has signed from Chelsea on a free transfer, on a three year contract I think, can't quite remember. Good signing overall I think.
Wednesday 1-1 Oldham Athletic
A fairly disappointing result, as Wednesday going into the game as favourites, and we had to come from behind to get a point. New signing Joel Ward opened the scoring with an OWN goal, despite having one disallowed earlier on, wrongly. After Wednesday dominated the early exchanges, Oldham started to gain control, and could have had 3 before the break. At half time, the team was given a firm dressing- down, and came out much stronger in the second half, grabbing an equaliser in the 62nd minute, thanks to debutant Ryan Lowe. So, not a great start to the season, but good enough.

Wednesday 1-2 Blackpool (League Cup 1st Round)
I took control of my second competitive match as the Wednesday manager, and it ended in my first defeat. I went ahead in the first half through Gary Madine, but two goals in the second half turned it around and secured Blackpool’s passage to the second round. I am not pleased with the result, but it was expected, and could have been a lot worse. I also got cautioned by the FA for comments about the referee after the match, as the winning goal was borderline offside.

MK Dons 0-1 Wednesday
I travelled to the stadium:mk on the back of my first defeat, and I’m afraid to say, I was expecting a second in a row, but football sometimes surprises you. It was a game controlled more by the Dons, who had more possession, shots, etc., but that isn’t what matters it’s the result, and Reda Johnson stopped up with a penalty 20 minutes from time, although the last few minutes were a very nervy affair, with Bowditch going through onto Wednesday’s goal twice, and Rob Jones put in a heroic display at the back, unlike in real life. So, my first competitive win as Wednesday manager, and what a win.

Leyton Orient 0-1 Wednesday
I took control of another game as Wednesday manager, this time against struggling Leyton Orient (I’m not really sure that’s an accurate statement after 2 games, but never mind). As you can see, I picked up another win as manager, but it wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination an easy game. Orient hadn’t scored before this game, but could have had several before Gary Madine popped up with a close range header in the 84th minute to give Wednesday. In truth it was poor, game, with few chances, although Orient always looked more likely to score. Mirko Mitrovic also made his Wednesday debut, but failed to really make an impression in the final third, and although he was putting some nice passes together, he was eventually substituted for Madine, just before he scored the winner. I just seem to be struggling to create chances, and the highlights always seem to go the other team's way.

Wednesday 5-1 Yeovil Town
I took control of Wednesday in their first home match for a couple of weeks, sporting a new tactic. The 4-4-2 I had been using in previous matches wasn’t working. I only scored three goals from my first three games, although I picked up 7 points, including three at MK Dons. The new tactic is: two CDs, two WBs, a DM, two CMs, two wingers, and a striker.
I started off well enough, with at least 80% of the ball, and I hit the woodwork twice in the first ten minutes. Then Wednesday started to get wasteful, until Semedo played a ball through the defence, which Mike Jones put in on 35 minutes for his first goal for the club, via the post. Wednesday continued to push on until half time, but couldn’t find a second. I let the team know they need to be more clinical in their finishing, but come the second half it was Yeovil who looked stronger, and sure enough, they equalised through Day on 52 minutes. It took a mere 10 minutes for Jones to net his second and put the Owls back in front from six yards, after the ‘keeper spilt Johnson’s shot. !5 minutes of pretty even football followed, with Yeovil having a couple of free kicks, which fortunately they couldn’t finish, and Gary Madine netted his second of the season when he slid in to connect with Joel Ward’s cross after 75 minutes. That put the game almost beyond doubt, but Mike Jones fizzed in a free kick for Beevers to convert at the back post and seal the three points on 82. As if that wasn’t enough, Rob Jones headed home a Mike Jones corner on 88 to complete the rout.
MOTM: Mike Jones

Preston North End 0-0 Wednesday
After Wednesday’s thrashing of Yeovil in the previous game, we travelled to Lancashire to face Preston in the league, as underdogs, despite being 10 places higher in the league. There isn’t really anything to say about this game. It was boring, although both sides had late chances to win it, but apart from that there were few chances, so not much more I can say about today’s game. I suppose I’m disappointed because I thought we could go into the game and win by a comfortable margin, but my players had other ideas.

Wednesday 3-2 Scunthorpe (Johnstone’s Point Trophy (N) 1st Round)
After the boring game at Deepdale at the weekend, three days later, Wednesday were back in action, this time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. I put out a weak team for this game if I’m honest, giving debuts to Drury and Park, whilst resting a few key players. The first half was fairly cagey, but my new tactic still continues to dominate matches for me, and sure enough, Drury cut inside and played a through ball for Park to net his first goal for the club. At half time it was 1-0, and I made sure the team came out for the second half ready to get another couple, and sure enough, after 55 minutes, I got a penalty for a bad foul on Gary Madine. As I forgot to change this since the MK Dons game, Reda Johnson stepped up to take the penalty, and hit it straight down the middle, and the keeper managed to parry it, then Joel Ward picked up the rebound, turned, and played in a low cross for Madine to slot home from six yards.
After that, Scunthorpe started to get more into the game, and quickly got a goal back, the striker powering through my defence and coolly finishing past Weaver. 2-1, the most dangerous score line of them all. Sure enough they started to press and, 10 minutes later, on 77, their winger floated a ball over my defence, and at the back post was the same striker to slide in and equalise. Game on.
After this, I looked the much stronger side, missing three or four chances, before Drury slid a ball through to Park, in almost a carbon copy of my first goal, to power home the winner on 87. Scunthorpe had a chance to equalise in injury time, but the free kick flew high and wide.
MOTM: Park

League Table

After 5 games, Wednesday are 5th with 11 points.

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