Sheffield Wednesday: Old boy urges Owls committee to work together

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David Prutton reckons the Owls’ new management structure can benefit the Championship club - as long as everyone is “singing from the same hymn sheet”.

Ex-Manchester United academy youth coach Jonathan Hill became the latest person to join Wednesday’s “sporting director by committee” last week.

As an advisor to Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri, Hill will work alongside Glenn Roeder, Paul Senior and head coach Stuart Gray aiming to help the club get back in the Premier League by 2017 to mark their 150th anniversary.

But Prutton, the former Wednesday midfielder turned football pundit, says the committee must work effectively together if the club are to mount a serious promotion push next season.

He told The Star: “If there is a level of transparency and honesty, it (the committee) can work. It is a little bit of a foreign model.

“It is no coincedence that the managers who have been successful are the ones given little or no opposition by their chairman and get what they ask for.

“The ones who struggle have been undermined from upstairs and been shown not to be in charge. Look at the in fighting at Leeds.

“You need a united front from the top and for everyone to be on the same page and singing from the same hymn sheet.”

Prutton, who began his career with Nottingham Forest before moving to Southampton for £2.5 million, spent three years at Hillsborough, making 56 league appearances for the Owls before being released by Gray last summer.

“Stu [Gray] is an open minded fellow and will listen to other opinions,” said Prutton, now a Sky Sports pundit. “He is a good coach and has got a good relationship with his players

“But the bottom line is the manager has got to be seen as the man in charge and Stu will want to work with players who he has agreed on.

“It is imperative Stu has the the final say on transfers. The manager needs to be seen as the master of his own destiny in regards to team matters.”

For Wednesday to compete in the upper reaches of the second-tier in the 2015/16 season, Prutton believes they need to bring in extra firepower over the summer.

He said: “Wednesday have had a couple of seasons where they have stayed up and finished in mid-table but that’s not enough for them anymore. To get to the next level, they have to spend big. It is nice getting some hidden gems but top strikers cost money.

“They have to get a goal-scorer in who is proven at that level. They need somebody who is going to be selfish enough to get 15 to 20 goals a season.”

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