Change in approach at Sheffield Wednesday as Amadeu Paixao takes a step back
The Star understands that Sheffield Wednesday advisor, Amadeu Paixao, has taken a bit of a step back at Hillsborough.
Paixao has previously played a part in various aspects of what goes on at Hillsborough as one of Dejphon Chansiri’s key advisors, however it now sounds like there has been a bit of a shift in responsibilities.
It’s thought that, as negotiations regarding next season’s squad continue, it is Darren Moore and the club’s Head of Recruitment, David Downes, who are spearheading the rebuild at S6 following relegation into League One.
The manager, whoever it may have been, and Downes – since his arrival – have always played a key role in terms of recruitment according to the chairman, but the latest switch is likely to see them given more responsibility.
Paixao was described as being ‘part of the structure of the club’ by former manager, Steve Bruce, back in 2018, while Chansiri has referred to him previously as an advisor at Hillsborough, but he’s an individual that fans have also asked questions about.
At this point in time it remains to be seen what the switch in emphasis will mean for the Portuguese, but no doubt fans will be pleased that their manager is very much at the forefront of building a side that he thinks is capable of climbing straight back up into the Championship.
Downes, a man very well-respected football circles, was brought into the club by Steve Bruce in 2019, is expected to play a big role alongside the manager in piecing together a new-look Owls for the campaign ahead.
Wednesday have off-the-field issues at present, with unpaid wages and a reported embargo no doubt a frustration for the club as they continue their recruitment drive, however Moore did say recently that he was hoping to get some fresh faces through the door.
The Owls are no longer adopting a big-money approach as they look to consolidate their situation following relegation, with free agents and loans likely to make up the bulk of any new signings that they do manage to bring in for the 2021/22 campaign.