Boss Carlos Carvalhal has lashed out at his social media critics who have questioned his ability to lead the Owls to promotion.
Carvalhal’s future at Hillsborough came under increasing pressure after an inconsistent start to their season. Scores of frustrated supporters vented their fury online after a poor run of form which yielded just one victory in seven matches.
And some fans even called for Carvalhal to be sacked after their defeat at lowly Bolton Wanderers last month.
But back-to-back victories over Millwall and Aston Villa has lifted the gloom around the Championship club and moved them back into the top half of the table.
Carvalhal, who has recently come in for vitriolic abuse from keyboard warriors online, told The Star: “It’s a new phenomenon is social media.
“It is one of the enemy of the coaches.
“A lot the comments made on social media are very cowardly.
“A lot of the people who write on social media don’t go to the games.
“Most of the time it is a coward’s opinion.
“It is not a representation of what we feel in the stadium.”
Although Carvalhal still has a Twitter account, he decided to step away from the social networking site earlier this year.
“I’m out of social media and I made a good decision to take myself off,” he said.
“I have been off it a long time and I won’t go back.
“There is a difference between social media and reality. I know I have full support of the fans in the stadium.
“I am a coach from the stadium, not a coach from the internet.”
Carvalhal understands that criticism comes with the territory but believes the majority of fans are right behind him.
He said: “When we lose games, the fans boo and that is absolutely normal. I would do the same.
“But the supporters have been with me, the players and the chairman in the last three games. We have been together.
“If the fans weren’t with us, why would they come to the games and sing at the beginning of the games? Why?
“The real fans who come to the stadium know that this makes us more strong.
“We have felt a lot of support from our fans and that is the most important thing. We have a big commitment between us and the fans.
“I think my colleagues and other clubs must understand that social media is an enemy of the clubs.
“The value of social media is zero in my opinion.
“The chairmen, the club and supporters must understand that.”