Sheffield Wednesday fans not confident of instant promotion push ahead of rebuild effort

The majority of Sheffield Wednesday supporters are not wholly confident that their side can mount a promotion charge next season.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 5:00 am

That’s according to a survey of over 1,000 Wednesdayites conducted by The Star last week.

While 77% indicated they felt Darren Moore was the right man to take Wednesday forward longer-term, 58% of respondents indicated they were not confident of an immediate promotion push.

The survey suggests opinion is widely split as to what a respectable season would look like for the Owls back in League One next term.

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Josh Windass and Callum Paterson are two of the Sheffield Wednesday players under contract next season.

Some 36.9% said that nothing but promotion was an acceptable target for the Owls, with a further 24.9% saying only playoff qualification will do.

The same number (24.9%) – almost a quarter – indicated they would be satisfied with a push towards the playoffs, 8.8% said a fair enough effort would be a midtable finish in which they stayed up comfortably, and a further 8.8% simply believe staying up to be an acceptable target.

It’s been a few days of bad news for the club, who are having to face the music on a series of off-field financial problems and have had an improved contract offer to talented youngster Osaze Urhoghide knocked back.

In the same survey, 50.4% of respondents said it was important to keep hold of the defender, with a further 32.9% going as far as to suggest it was ‘vitally important’. Some 15.8% said it wasn’t a transfer that particularly bothered them and 0.9% said they wanted Urhoghide to leave.