Honest Darren Moore on how points deduction affected his relegated Sheffield Wednesday side
Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore made no secret of the fact the points deduction imposed on the club was a ‘huge factor’ in their relegation from the Championship.
The Owls started the season on minus-12 points for their botched job of selling Hillsborough stadium in an attempt to circumvent spending rules. The sanction was halved on appeal back in November.
The fact that six points would have kept Wednesday in the division is being felt as a further slap in the face for supporters.
And asked how much of an impact it had on his side’s fate, Moore was honest in admitting it put his players in a difficult position.
Moore returned to the dugout after serious illness in the final day draw at Derby County.
He said: “In the week I went back into the training ground and told the lads, ‘the fact you’re still in here this season, with what’s been thrown at you, going into the final 90 minutes of football, that has to be credited.’
“With all the setbacks we’ve had, we’ve still maintained a competitive edge and a focus and we have to go again.
“You can look at the six points as a huge factor in the season. Without those six points, we’re not talking like we’re talking today. But it is what it is and that’s the reality of it all.
“I leave here today with those words. I look at the performance and the players gave everything. That’s all I can ask for today.”