Chris Brunt backs Darren Moore to turn things around at Sheffield Wednesday
Former Sheffield Wednesday favourite Chris Brunt has backed Owls boss Darren Moore to turn the tide at Hillsborough after their relegation to League One.
The recently retired Northern Irishman, who left the Owls in 2007 having played a big part in their promotion out of the third tier in 2005, worked with the 47-year-old and his assistant manager Jamie Smith during his 13-year stint at West Bromwich Albion.
There’s no doubt the pair face a difficult task at S6 given the difficulties posed by the task of building an unprecedented squad turnover while battling well-publicised cashflow issues.
But back for a third stint in League One this century, Brunt is confident Moore has the right CV and temperment for the challenge.
“I know Darren well, and Jamie Smith,” he said. “It was a huge disappointment what happened to Sheffield Wednesday last season, there's no doubt about that.
“Darren was around the club a lot in the years I was there. He's a good guy, relatively young in terms of management experience, but he's been around a long time and he knows that division, too. They’ll leave no stone unturned and I think he’ll do well there.”
Brunt has been directly managed by Moore, who took over as Baggies caretaker boss in 2018 before a permanent spell that ended in March 2019 with the club sat fourth in the Championship.
He has a reputation for getting players on side, particularly young players, and has already spoken about his desire to instil a new, positive identity onto the Owls.
“He's got a heart of gold and will do anything for everybody,” he said. “Whatever the lads need, he'll be there for them.
"Jamie is a good coach who did a lot of stuff with West Brom under-23s and they know that league well from Doncaster where they did well. Hopefully they'll be able to turn things right back round again.”
Wednesday have a few things to sort out before they reconvene for preseason at the end of the month. League One fixtures will be released on June 24 ahead of the big kick-off will take place on August 7.