Chansiri, Jamie Vardy, awards, Steve Bruce and leaked messages: The best Sheffield Wednesday stories you may have missed this week

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Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 1:01 pm
A round-up of the Sheffield Wednesday news that you may have missed this week

We’ve been publishing that much there’s a chance you may have missed some of it while Joe Wicks puts you through your paces or you’re busy painting rainbows.

So here’s a handy round-up of the best of our Wednesday content from the past week so you can catch up.

To kick things off, this past Monday night would have seen the annual The Star Football Awards take place. Obviously that couldn’t happen, so our team of football writers got together, virtually, to pick our Players of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Team of the Year.

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Alex Miller then went into a bit more detail in his weekly column about why he chose his top performer for Wednesday this season.

Looking a little bit further back, Alex recalled something that may have had Wednesdayites pondering ‘what might have been’. There have been quite a number of players who could have been a big hit at Hillsborough long-term but it never quite happened for one reason or another.

This week eight years ago, the Owls secured promotion back to the Championship with victory over Wycombe at Hillsborough. Chris Holt, had a look at the team from that glorious day and asked, ‘Where are they now?’

Slightly more up-to-date, former Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal was interviewed this week and he revealed – perhaps jokingly – that the final call on his appointment as head coach at Hillsborough was made by Dejphon Chansiri’s young son.

Alex asked if, true or not, the fact that it was accepted and believed says a lot about the Owls owner’s stewardship.

There was also something to smile about for Wednesday fans, should English football take a lead from France and their pondered way of deciding the season.

In a bittersweet tale, on the 10th anniversary of his passing, we caught up with friends of Mick Prendergast to talk about a footballer’s passion for Wednesday and a life that was taken far too soon. Mick was highly-sought after during his time at Hillsborough, but all he wanted to do was play for the Owls and stay in his home town.

Yorkshire football lost another legend this week with the passing of Leeds United hero Trevor Cherry. Jack Charlton’s Wednesday played Leeds in a testimonial for the England international.

There’s been plenty of Wednesday-related news going on this week, too.

Former boss Steve Bruce appears likely to be eased out as Newcastle manager should the Saudi-backed takeover go agead in the North-East.

As you can imagine, this news didn’t garner too much sympathy from Owls fans.

And still on the same subject, as some pundits jumped in to defend Bruce and claim he deserves more respect, there came a reminder from an ex-Newcastle player that such a feeling wasn’t forthcoming from the manager when he jumped ship from Hillsborough a couple of weeks before the season started.

We also got hold of a Whatsapp message which give detail to what players were being told by the EFL around how the season would end. The Star has obtained a copy of the voice message reportedly sent by Bristol Rovers representative Alex Rodman to his teammates, in which he explains the latest details of an EFL call which he was privy to.

And there was also this exclusive…

Finally, we learned this week that one of the backroom staff at Wednesday had crossed the city divide and joined Sheffield United.

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