Could another Sheffield Wednesday exit be on the cards?
Sheffield Wednesday are very much in a transition stage at this point in time, and there could be another behind the scenes exit on the cards.
The Owls have already seen their Head of Sports Science and Medicine, Tony Strudwick, agree a move elsewhere as he prepares to move down south to join Arsenal’s academy, and now there’s a possibility that first team analyst, Carl Blakemore, could be on his way out too.
Blakemore, who joined the Owls last year following the appointment of Tony Pulis, is believed to have attracted interest from the Championship, however it remains to be seen whether a move will actually materialise or not.
The analyst spent time at West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough with Pulis during his stints there, however remained at Hillsborough when he departed the club after a tough spell earlier this year.
Club captain, Barry Bannan mentioned in a BBC Scotland interview this week that ‘there’s a lot of people leaving behind the scenes’, however a turnover in staff is to be expected on the back of relegation, especially when it comes to individuals like Strudwick who is so well respected in the game.
Wednesday are yet to confirm any staff departures or incomings as the start of preseason draws closer, however there has been talk of him potentially bolstering his technical team if the opportunity arises – and the club recently advertised for the position of first team physiotherapist.
Moore’s current technical team is made up of Jamie Smith as his assistant manager with Paul Williams and Neil Thompson as his first team coaches. Nicky Weaver stepped up from the academy to work as the first team goalkeeper coach last season, and as things stand looks set to remain there.
Wednesday return for preseason testing on Friday before heading out to Wales where they will be put through their paces at camp that culminates in a friendly against Celtic on July 7th.
Their first game of the season will take place in early August, with the fixture list being announced tomorrow morning at 9am - followed by the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy draws.