When a band you like brings out a ‘new sound’ for their latest album, opinion is always divided. There are those who love it straight away, those who need time for it to grow on them and those who prefer to harp back to the old classics.
This is what Wednesday fans appear to be feeling towards the noises coming out of Hillsborough over the restructuring and hiring of new management.
Now let’s face it, since its inception the Owls three-man committee has already had more actual and rumoured changes than a Sugababes line-up. Adam Pearson lasted all of three weeks and Stuart Gray has left/jumped/been sacked (delete as appropriate), leaving Glenn Roeder playing a kazoo and knee cymbals on his own. I’m being facetious of course; there are more advisors to Mr Chansiri than players signing their contract renewals at the moment. It seems it’s not only the fans that are tentative about our new direction.
I can appreciate that finding a harmonious balance of characters takes time but I also don’t think it’s unreasonable for fans to ask questions about a fundamental change to the club.
Those with unswerving unquestioning devotion to the club, I salute you, but I would like to hear from the club on why we pursuing Mark Cooper and Carlos Carvalhal in particular. Are they really better than Gray in coaching quality or are they just more agreeable to the structure the chairman desires?
The age of the one-man band manager is over. Technical directors and coaches have been used successfully for years. Southampton are cited as the model of excellence for this in British football. If Wednesday can in any way emulate their kind of success through the management structures and academy set up, I’m sure the idea will grow on more fans.
Clarity about what roles they will be performing may also quieten the dissenters. Firstly Carvalhal was to be Gray’s replacement as head coach and Cooper his assistant. Then the direction appears to have changed after Cooper rejected becoming second in command, so now the theory seems to be Carvalhal will become general manager and Cooper head coach. Where does this leave Roeder? Still sitting in the corner playing his kazoo?
The only people that know are the advisory committee and from the outside this fluid approach looks unplanned and vaguely shambolic. But hey, I’ve never run a football club or tuna business so what do I know?
The new structure could be revolutionary and a turning point for the Owls. Just give us some definitive words so that we can all sing along to the same tune.