The Owls were dealt a blow this week with the news that Moore has sadly contracted pneumonia and blood clots on his lungs on the back of having COVID-19 earlier this month, and it remains to be seen when he will be able to return to work.
But even though he might not be there in body, there’s no doubting that Moore remains with his technical team in mind and spirit – and Smith says that he’s gutted that he can’t be part of the side going into the final run-in that continues against Bristol City tomorrow.
Speaking to the club’s official website after today’s training session, which also signalled the return of Paul Williams, Smith said, “The manager has had a tough time, a very tough time but hopefully he has come through the worst of it and is on the mend.
“But the gaffer, being as he is, he’s still on the phone and wanting to know what is going on, he is still putting his input on things for tomorrow – it’s just how he is!
“But, yes, our thoughts are definitely with him and hopefully he can recover and be back with us as soon as possible.
“I keep telling him, gaffer you need to rest up, stay calm but 10 minutes later the phone will ring again! That’s just the way he is, he is so committed and right into it and he is gutted he can’t be here in and around everything. But his health is the most important.”
Wednesday have a tough task ahead of them as they look to claw back some of the eight points that currently separate them from climbing out of the relegation zone, and doing it without their manager is hardly an ideal situation.
However they’re in the hands of Moore’s trusted technical team of Smith and Williams, and they’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways in order to put a smile on the manager’s face in what will be a difficult period for him.