Paolo Di Canio, disgraceful Leeds United scenes, direct honesty on the Owls dressing room and a potential move to Celtic: The best Sheffield Wednesday stories you may have missed this week

Despite the lack of action it’s been a busy week of football news and our unrivalled coverage of Sheffield Wedmesday reflects that.

By Chris Holt
Sunday, 10th May 2020, 12:36 pm

We may be getting closer to a return, while still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and there have been plenty of Owls stories to keep fans informed and entertained.

So, just in case you missed any of them, here’s a handy round-up of the best of this week’s Wednesday-related content.

OWLS IN EUROPE

Former Sheffield Wednesday player Mark Pembridge has been talking about his time at Hillsborough and playing alongside Paolo Di Canio, Chris Waddle and Benito Carbone

We welcomed a new addition to the team this week in the shapre of boyhood Owls fan Joe Crann and he started off by bringing us the story of Wednesday’s last European adventure. Joe spoke to to Mark Bright and Mark Pembridge about a sunny day at Millmoor where Danes provided the opposition, incluing a cameo by Michelle Gayle.

By way of an introduction, Joe took part in a Q&A on Friday, which will form part of our coverage every week from here on in.

And here’s Joe’s first Owls column for The Star

NOSTALGIC FOR THE 90s

In addition to that tale of Intertoto memories, Mark Pembridge went into detail about life at Hillsborough during a meorable time for the club as he waxed lyrical about Paolo Di Canio and Benito Carbone and the engine that kept the team ticking over behind that Italian class.

“THE POLICE ADVISED ME NEVER TO GO TO LEEDS”

Alex Miller spoke to Chris Kirkland this week where the former Owsl keeper spoke about that night at Hillsborough when he was attacked on the pitch by a Leeds United fan

INSPIRING TALE

Not many footballers can say they made it into the professional ranks after spending years in a wheelchair, but Sheffield Wednesday defender Declan Thompson has done exactly that.

And Declan’s not the only young Wednesday player who will be hanging around.

THE WEDNESDAY DRESSING ROOM AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE MODERN FOOTBALLER

Speaking exclusively to The Star, assistant boss Lee Bullen has agreed that leadership and character is an area that needs improvement within the group. Asked about Garry Monk’s assessment of the culture, three-time caretaker boss Bullen said: “He's not the only one. Previous managers have spoken about it as well.”

THE WANTED LIST

This season may not have been completed yet but thoughts are already turning towards the next campaign. With that in mind, our Wednesday writers jotted down three players each who the Owls could/should/hope to sign

DEFENSIVELY MINDED

Joe took a look back over Wednesday’s defensive stats, to see how they stack up against each other. By the time it came to a standstill a couple of months ago, the 2019/20 season was one to forget for Sheffield Wednesday, but which defenders have performed the most admirably?

REACHING FOR A REST

There are some players more than others in the Wednesday squad who needed this prolonged break – Adam Reach is one. The versatile midfielder has played a great deal of football in the past few years and Alex looked into why he probably could do with a rest.

A POTENTIAL SEASON FINISH

A weighted points-per-game system has been proposed as one way of deciding League One and Two - but what would that mean for Sheffield Wednesday IF a similar process was adopted to conclude the Championship campaign?

BREAK FOR THE BORDER

Jordan Rhodes has been linked with a move to the Scottish Premiership and champions Celtic. One former Owls player believes it would be one that would suit everyone.

KEEP FLETCH!

Keeping hold of Steven Fletcher is right up there on Sheffield Wednesday’s list of priorities for next season, and a teammate has added his voice to those calling for him to stay.

WHAT LIES AHEAD

The chairman of the EFL, Rick Parry, this week gave a fascinating insight into the major changes looming for clubs across the country. Here’s a look at what it all means for Wednesday.

And finally…

There were a few more light-hearted articles this week.