TERRY Burton is backing Sheffield Wednesday to figure in the in the Championship promotion race next season.
The 59-year-old left the Owls last week to rejoin Arsenal and become the North London club’s new reserve team and head development coach.
But Burton, who played an instrumental role in helping Wednesday pip Sheffield United to the second automatic promotion berth, is confident the club are on the up under Dave Jones leadership and are well-equipped to challenge at the top of the top division of the Football League.
Ex-Wimbledon manager Burton, who played for the Gunners in the 70s, said: “Teams that have come up to the Championship in the past with that momentum of finishing the season well have done really well. Southampton, Brighton and Norwich have all done well. I see no reason why this club can’t go on and achieve the same things and I will be keeping my fingers crossed.”
Burton joined the coaching staff at Hillsborough three days after Jones’ appointment in March.
Jones has ruled out immediately replacing Burton and has indicated coach Paul Wilkinson will step up to take over Burton’s assistant duties. Wednesday begin pre-season training this week. The Star understands they are hoping to wrap up deals for midfield duo Paulo Regula and David Norris this week. They would join other new boys Joe Mattock Anthony Gardner, Kieran Lee, Chris Maguire and Chris Kirkland.
Jones will also run the rule over Marlon Harewood, the 32-year-old striker released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.