Sheffield Wednesday ponder training ground changes

Sheffield Wednesday's historic Middlewood Road training ground is too small to house the club's first-team and academy, according to manager Steve Bruce.

Monday, 11th February 2019, 15:18 pm
Updated Monday, 11th February 2019, 15:27 pm

New boss Bruce, who takes his Owls side to lowly Millwall on Tuesday, is keen to analyse every facet of the club over the coming months.

And the 58-year-old reckons Wednesday's historic Middlewood Road training ground – their home since around 1980 – is outdated and admits the academy could move to another base.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce with Sam Hutchinson

"I've spoken to the academy about looking at a different site," said Bruce.

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"There are all sorts that we will try to improve and raise the standards if you like.

"But, first and foremost, we need to get a team together which is capable of mounting a challenge like the club did a couple of years ago. They are the standards that we have to get back and that has to be the aim. Hopefully I can be the one to crack it."

Although Bruce insists his top priority is to turnaround the fortunes of the senior team, he has stressed the importance of bringing the next generation through.

He said: "When you look at the area we've got now for the academy side, which is important to every club, we are lacking a bit of room. We are sharing the facilities and really the facilities are possibly not big enough.

"We are looking at that but that again is for the future and something to talk about. There's nothing better than bringing your own through, especially in a big city like Sheffield. It is something we will work on in the next few months."