Sheffield Wednesday Press Conference RECAP: Neil Thompson on Covid-19 and the futures of Jordan Rhodes and Matt Penney

It’s press conference day on S6 and it’s going to be a little bit different this week.

Friday, 8th January 2021, 10:56 am

Sheffield Wednesday travel to take on Exeter City tomorrow in the FA Cup third round but they’ll do so without the interim coaching team, with Neil Thompson and co self-isolating after positive Covid-19 tests at the club this week.

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Under 18s coach Andy Holdsworth will take the first team for the cup tie and we’ll get some insight into what the make-up of the squad might be like during the media briefing.

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Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Neil Thompson is speaking to the media this morning but he isn't taking the team to Exeter City tomorrow. Pic Steve Ellis

Sheffield Wednesday Press Conference LIVE: Team news and Covid-10 updates after positive tests

Last updated: Friday, 08 January, 2021, 11:09

  • Interim boss Neil Thompson will not be taking the team after testing positive for Covid-19
  • Under-18s coach Andy Holdsworth is in charge for the trip to Exeter City

Wednesday on the telly

The match against Exeter City will be screened live on BT Sport Extra 5 tomorrow. 

As per the club website, for supporters who watch BT Sport on Sky or Virgin Media, press the red button and select Exeter v Wednesday. If you are watching directly through BT TV, go to channel 454 to follow the action live.

The cup-tie at St James Park will also be broadcast on the BT Sport App to subscribers on all Android and IOS Devices.

We’ll be on-hand to deliver analysis and reaction to everything Thommo had to say throughout the day at Keep it locked.

As far as I’m concerned nothing is concrete on his links away. He has to force the issue.

He’s started in the team, it’s been stop-start. Matt knows what he needs to do, he has talent but he’s got things he needs to brush up on.

NT on Windass injury

On first looks at it, it’s not as bad as we thought it was, touch wood.

I’m not part of the medical team I’m not sure in terms of what game he’ll be back for.

Hamstrings are very tempermental. Hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later.

NT on Holdsworth reaction

He was surprised, but in football you have to expect the unexpected.

He’s a good guy, good coach, good knowledge. It’s not an issue.

NT on logistics on the day

We’ll be in dialogue, but it’s not conducive to be on the phone during the game. We’ve had conversations and it’s a collective effort.

You get the best out of people when you give them autonomony. I wouldn;t have asked them if I didn’t think they were capable.

He’s  a god coach, a really good lad and he’s got a lot of good people around him. The zoom calls e’ve had with everybody have been really productive. You have to trust people, you have to give them responsibility.

If I see anything  there’s always someone at the other end of the phone but you havr to give people that autonomy

On having to watch from afar

It will give my throat a rest!

It’s disappointing but above all else the safety of everyone at the cub, players, staff and my family as well… that’s the most important thing.

Unfortnately this has come in and spread very quickly.

It is a long trip. We have long trips in the league anyway. It’s nothing the lads aren’t used to.

It’s just part of their working life.

Any game you play i a priority. YOu need to go and impress and win the football match. The priority is always the next game.

In the middle of a run when we have got a few points, we want to keep that run going

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