Sheffield Wednesday: Sackings make it a nastier November for Owls

Carlos Carvalhal
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Carlos Carvalhal is hardly someone you would class as a prolific tweeter.

While the Owls chief likes the social networking site, he, generally, only posts a message every four or five days.

But Carvalhal did something unusual following Wednesday’s fine derby victory away to Rotherham United, publishing two eye-catching tweets in the space of 24 hours.

“We must walk together all time ... WAWAW,” he tweeted, along with an image of Kieran Lee and Ross Wallace celebrating Lucas Joao’s goal.

Team success always comes before individual accolades for Carvalhal. That’s why the charming, likeable head coach was not fussed in the slightest to miss out on being nominated for the October Manager of the Month award.

All he cares about is the collective being strong.

Dejphon Chansiri

Dejphon Chansiri

I will come back to Carvalhal’s second tweet later on.

Wednesday have recently held the league’s surprise package in Brighton and Hove Albion to a draw, and the rest of the Owls’ fixtures in November appear, on paper, relatively kind.

There are no gimmes in the division but Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers make up three of the bottom nine teams.

However, Carvalhal’s men were given a big reality check at The Valley. If you don’t turn up and perform to your maximum every single match, slip-ups do happen, as the Owls found to their cost in the capital.

Action from Charlton v Wednesday

Action from Charlton v Wednesday

Hundreds of Charlton fans staged a protest against owner Roland Duchâtelet before kick-off, venting their frustration over his leadership.

Charlton, without a manager, had gone 12 matches without a win and failed to score in over seven hours. It seemed the perfect time to play them.

But the Addicks, under interim boss Karel Fraeye, raised their game, belying their lowly league position, and won in the face of adversity.

There is no such thing as managerial longevity in the Championship.

The average life expectancy of a boss in the second tier was just 319 days last season. It is impossible to plan for the future or build something worthwhile in less than a year.

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Already eight people have lost their jobs this season ... in 94 days.

The high expectations of owners, fans and players have created a sport in which instant success is pre-requisite.

It is a cut -hroat industry, as Watford demonstrated by hiring and firing so many managers last year.

Clubs are chasing the holy grail. In 2016, the money on offer to teams in the Premier League will rise to a new record £5.14 billion due to the TV deal, meaning sides who are relegated at the end of next season will pocket an astronomical £99 million.

The gap between the top-flight and the Football League shows no signs of getting smaller.

Following the latest managerial merry-go-round, Wednesday’s ‘easy’ three-game run suddenly looks extremely difficult.

Huddersfield Town, their opponents on Saturday, have joined the Owls in appointing a foreign boss for the first time in their history. German head coach David Wagner was officially unveiled at a press conference last Monday.

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Wagner, who is close pals with fellow countryman Jurgen Klopp, has promised “full-throttle” football and he, and his charges, jetted off to Marbella for a five-day warm-weather training camp last week.

“Everybody knows the full-throttle football we like to create,” said Wagner, who has previously worked at Borussia Dortmund. “Everyone knows we are from Dortmund and what kind of football we play there and this is exactly what we like to bring here to Huddersfield.

“The style of football Huddersfield expect in the future is exactly what we stand for. They expect speed and passion and for young players to be developed and for teams to go forward and score goals.

“They are open for something new. At the end, everyone likes results and I know that there is not only one way.”

Some chairman pull the trigger, believing a new man can give them a bounce in form.

One thing is for certain, Huddersfield’s players will be fired up and looking to make a good first impression.

A trip to Ewood Park promises to be an equally tough assignment, especially now that they have parted company with Gary Bowyer. There is a strong chance that will be the new manager’s first home match at the helm.

Wednesdayites will be hoping Charlton was a one-off and they quickly rediscover their mojo over the next couple of weeks.

Carvalhal has done a great job in turning the Owls into top-six contenders, but it is inevitable they will have another sticky patch. All clubs go through their bad periods so chairman Dejphon Chansiri and his advisers must keep the faith and stand by their man.

Because, as Carvalhal pointed out a day after masterminding their derby triumph: “Together we are more strong ... WAWAW?”