I can’t help but feel that there could be a lot of tension in the boardrooms at both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United this coming season. The reason is simple.
The expectations at both these fine old clubs are high and that could prove to be a millstone around their necks.
With this in mind we have a market on whether both Gary Megson and Danny Wilson will last the season and it’s been difficult to call the prices.
The reasonable reaction is that both should be given the time to build their teams and turn things around, but with these two clubs reason might go out the window. Firstly the nature of the rivalry means that if both clubs are flying reasonably high then there is every reason to feel they will be given that time.
The problem begins, perhaps, if one starts well and one doesn’t.
It will mean that the pressure on the manager of the club doing badly will be heightened because of the direct competition between the clubs.
So how do we price this up? You have to trust your instinct. Megson has had more time than Wilson to build a team and our gut feeling is that he’ll tighten things up at the back and grind results out now that he knows the division.
Wilson doesn’t have that and of course there are simmering issues (probably irrational ones) about his previous association with the Owls.
So a poor start for the Blades with crank up the pressure.
It could easily end up being the other way around because football can do that to us all.
It might never be an issue because both clubs will be on course for a promotion spot throughout the season. None of us have a crystal ball.
So here we go. Both managers to be in charge of their respective clubs at the end of the season is priced at 8/11. Either one of them to leave is Evens.
It’s now over to you to decide if we have got this about right.
It will probably be harsh on either if they were to go so soon, but that’s the nature of the beast.
They are two big clubs, with big histories and big expectations. Sadly these things go with the territory.