‘I don’t accept that…’ – Darren Moore won’t allow a pity party to take place at Sheffield Wednesday
Plenty of things may have gone against Sheffield Wednesday this season, on and off the field, but Darren Moore won’t let his players feel sorry for themselves going into the final few games.
The Owls have five games left to try and save their Championship status, but they will sadly have to do it without their manager alongside them as he recovers from pneumonia and blood clots brought about by COVID-19.
Moore missed three games after testing positive for Coronavirus earlier this month, but after returning for the 2-0 defeat by Swansea City, he has now been forced into a further spell on the sidelines to focus on his recovery and his return date is unknown.
But while results last night meant that Wednesday now find themselves eight points adrift of safety, when asked about a mental fragility within the side, Moore said that he will not accept submission from them until survival is no longer mathematically possible.
They have another chance to get back to winning ways tomorrow against Bristol City, but it will be Jamie Smith leading them out at Hillsborough as the Wednesday boss once again watches on from home.
Speaking to the media after the defeat by Swansea earlier this week, Moore said, “The way this season has gone, people can think ‘everything seems to be against us’ – but I’m not one to accept that. I don’t accept that. All I see is the next opportunity to put things right.
“For me, looking to Saturday, I’m thinking of it as the glass being half full because it’s another opportunity to try and put things right. That’s the way I’m looking at it, and that’s what I’ll be echoing to the players over the next two or three days in preparation for Saturday.
“We can’t sit back and accept it. We are where we are, it’s happened, but the only time you get to change that – and change that mindset – is in the next game.”
Moore told the club’s official website that he was ‘gutted’ that he’ll now have to stay away, while the club have been inundated with messages from across the football fraternity wishing him a speedy recovery.