Dom Howson column: There’s a lot to be said for the Sheffield Wednesday way

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The self-proclaimed most exciting league in the world returns this weekend.

The stage is set for another enthralling Premier League season and Sheffield Wednesday will look on only with envy at Hull City when they entertain champions Leicester City tomorrow lunch-time.

It was, of course, the Tigers who edged the all-Yorkshire Play-Off final at Wembley last May , pipping the Owls to the final promotion spot and a massive cash prize.

While Hull are heading to some of the greatest cathedrals of English football, Wednesday face the unglamorous prospect of a trip to Burton Albion next week. (The Pirelli Stadium, though, is a lovely little ground)

But while the Owls have regrouped and kicked on since seeing their dream of promotion was so cruelly ended, Hull look a mess, with one national newspaper describing them as a “crisis club” yesterday.

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While Wednesday have remained united in the face of adversity, the Tigers appear to be a deeply divided club.

The club are still searching for a permanent manager following the resignation of Steve Bruce in July, have just 11 senior outfield players on their books and signed no one over the summer.

If that wasn’t bad enough, things look even bleaker off the field. The Supporters’ Trust plan on protesting against owner Assem Allam and his family this weekend over their “ill-considered ideas” that have included a controversial membership scheme. And the Allam’s are keen to sell up but the takeover saga has been a long, drawn out process.

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In stark contrast to the Humberside outfit, the mood couldn’t be more different at S6. Wednesdayites are full of hope and optimism.

The five new arrivals Carlos Carvalhal has drafted in add extra quality and experience in positions which needed addressing.

The team then kicked off their season with a fine win over Aston Villa on Sunday. It was disappointing they failed to back up that success at Cambridge United in midweek but I doubt many Wednesdayites are losing sleep over the club suffering an early cup exit. The league is the priority.

And the club are adamant they will keep hold of their prized assets. The message from head coach Carvalhal is loud and clear: Wednesday have no intention of selling any players, including forward Fernando Forestieri.

While Hull have become a rudderless ship, the Owls remain a club with a plan, a vision and identity.

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