Next up for Sheffield Wednesday? Championship CEO suggests fixture calendar
It appears Sheffield Wednesday won’t have any surprises in store with regards to their remaining fixtures – if the Championship does get back underway next month.
The English Football League is hoping that the second tier can get back underway again in mid-June, however after the first week of training saw 15 individuals in the league test positive for COVID-19, it remains to be seen whether the proposed date of June 13th is still on the cards.
Garry Monk’s side were meant to be taking on Nottingham Forest on March 14th, but after football was brought to a standstill by the Coronavirus pandemic, that game was put on hold indefinitely.
Now though, while there hasn’t been a definitive date given for the first round of fixtures, one Championship man in the know has given some clarity on how the rest of the league calendar could look.
At a press conference recently, Luton Town‘s chief executive officer, Gary Sweet, said that the Championship is planning ‘to play the rest of the season in the order that it was structured in terms of fixtures’.
If that remains true, then the first assignment at the restart for Monk and his troops will be a home clash against Forest at Hillsborough, with the EFL stating that they do hope that clubs will be able to use their home stadiums as things move forward.
Next up would be a trip to Bristol City before hosting Premier League hopefuls, West Bromwich Albion, after which Monk is set to make a return to his former club, Swansea City, in Wales.
The final five games of the season are against Preston North End (H), Queens Park Rangers (A), Huddersfield Town (H) and then Fulham (A) before the league draws to a close with a final game in Sheffield against Middlesbrough.
It has been made very clear that teams in the Championship are committed to finishing the league on the pitch when it’s deemed safe to do so, and Wednesday players will be itching to get back out on the field as they seek to put their previous poor form behind them.