Dom Howson’s Sheffield Wednesday column: There is a real sense of stability at Owls

Owls boss Jos Luhukay is keen to sign young, hungry players this summer
Owls boss Jos Luhukay is keen to sign young, hungry players this summer
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Instability often breeds uncertainty and unrest at football clubs.

If you need proof, just look at Sunderland. So many managers have tried and failed to reverse their fortunes in recent years. Outgoing owner Ellis Short became increasingly disinterested in the Wearside club which also contributed to their demise.

Dejphon Chansiri, left, and Jos Luhukay

Dejphon Chansiri, left, and Jos Luhukay

It was not exactly a winning formula.

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Success, on the other hand, usually follows when everyone is pulling in the same direction and there is stability from top to bottom.

Which brings me neatly on to the Owls. They are not a club in limbo. Unlike the team on the other side of the city, Wednesday have stability, clarity and harmony.

Everybody knows where they stand and everyone knows what direction the club want to go in.

Boss Jos Luhukay will lead them into battle next season - as he should following Wednesday’s strong end to the 2017/18 campaign. The genial Dutchman is gradually winning the fans over and it will be interesting to see how Luhukay fares when he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

You know chairman Dejphon Chansiri will provide Luhukay with what funds he can to strengthen the first-team squad this summer. His ambition is undeniable and he has always backed his managers.

Given Profit and Sustainability regulations, it is likely Wednesday will have to adopt a more frugal approach to reshaping their squad.

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But Luhukay and Chansiri have already met to discuss next season’s playing budget and Luhukay has indicated he intends to reduce the average age of the squad and recruit young, emerging talent.

Something else which should not be underestimated is that Wednesday have known since mid-April what league they will be playing in. When they reached back-to-back play-offs, the Owls had to put some future plans on hold until they knew their fate. That is not the case this sime around.

There will, undoubtedly, be some movement in and out but the target will be a top-six push.

If you want to compete in the upper echelons of the division, forward planning is esential and I liked how the Owls announced their retained list before the season had even ended.

Not only did the move give fans the opportunity to give a big send-off to Glenn Loovens and Ross Wallace on Sunday, it was also a statement of intent. It sent out a strong message that they are not going to mess around and that they are going to be swift and decisive with their decision-making. Tying Atdhe Nuhiu down to a new contract further underlined that point.

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