Alan Biggs at Large: Sheffield Wednesday must take stock and plan for better future
For Sheffield Wednesday, a different side to coronavirus than across the city. Assuming football counts for much at a time like this, which it doesn’t.
There are so many negatives all around. It’s not a case of talking “positives” because there are none.
But, for the Owls, at least a time to regroup, a time to draw breath. Except it can’t be a deep one because football is consolidating - rightly in my view - behind the idea that this season can’t be declared null and void.
A potential points deduction continues to hang over Hillsborough, whether in the resumption of this campaign or the start of a new one.
But the main concerns, among many worries both short and long term, have focused on the immediate need for the club to shape up on and off the pitch.
Playing as Wednesday have been, a significant points penalty would more than likely have pointed the way down to League One.
Even as things stand, the season has been a bit of a write-off. Maybe best written off altogether in that case - though an unlikely scenario because playing behind closed doors would be a fairer solution across ALL clubs than nulling the season.
Must add here, and goes without saying, that the health crisis far transcends football and no-one at Hillsborough will have welcomed in any way this sort of diversion.
And it certainly can’t be viewed in terms of any sort of reprieve for the manager.
Garry Monk had been focused on two home games, either side of Bristol City away, as a platform for his beleaguered team to get disillusioned fans back onside.
Instead, a void has opened up that can have an effect one of two ways. Either it deepens the depression surrounding the club or it is a period to get all players fit and pull things together with hard work behind the scenes.
Wednesday certainly haven’t lost momentum because they had none. It’s time to take stock. Time to reflect on the past and plan for a better future. Time to bring the club and supporters together.
And in that regard, I feel the new Wednesday Supporters Trust can - or should - have a significant part to play.
Their concerns and suggestions deserve to be listened to. If the club didn’t need input on a change of course it wouldn’t be in the position it is in today.
Here’s hoping for some constructive dialogue for the betterment of all.