Rival chairman tips ‘monstrous’ Sheffield Wednesday for big things next season
The chairman of newly-promoted Peterborough United, Darragh MacAnthony, thinks that Sheffield Wednesday will be a force to be reckoned with in League One.
Wednesday’s relegation to the third tier of English football was confirmed with a 3-3 draw on the final day of the 2020/21 campaign at Derby County, condemning them to their first relegation since the 2009/10 season.
Now, with Darren Moore overseeing a rebuild of epic proportions at Hillsboorough, the Posh owner says that if Dejphon Chansiri gives the manager full backing then Wednesday could well be destined for an immediate return back up into the Championship.
Speaking on his Hard Truth Podcast, MacAnthony, said "I think if Darren Moore hadn't got ill with COVID, I think Sheffield Wednesday would have stayed up. I do rate him as a manager. I think he's a brilliant manager.
"I think what he's really good at is getting good loans from Premier League clubs. He did it with Doncaster and they were flying.
"My tip would be don't interfere and leave him to do what he is good at. Give him the support to recruit.
“The fans will be back and they are going to be a monstrous club in League One.
"I'm sure they have got still some strengths left there. Hopefully they can let go of lots of people that are out of contract who are on silly Championship wages.
"If you get the opportunity to clear the decks and freshen things up with a fresh new manager, I'm pretty certain they are going to be one of the three teams promoted out of League One next year.
"Sheffield Wednesday are a Premier League club...don't be surprised if they have a hell of a season. They are going to be challenging to win the league."
The Owls are yet to unveil their retained list for the new season at this point in time, however there are serious changes expected in the squad with a number of senior, long-term players due to be out of contract come July 1st.
Wednesday took two seasons to get out of League One the last time they were relegated into the division, and Moore will be desperate to go one better in his first full season at the club.