Sheffield Wednesday: Why coach Nicky Weaver is working with Owls first team

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Boyhood Wednesday fan Nicky Weaver is filling in as the club’s goalkeeping coach for the time being.

Youth-team coach Weaver, who enjoyed two spells with the Owls during his playing days, has been putting Keiren Westwood, Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson through their paces in the club’s Cheshire training camp this week.

The 39-year-old, appointed Wednesday’s academy goalkeeping coach back in September 2014, has stepped up to work with the first team following the departure of Andy Rhodes. Rhodes left the Owls to become Oldham Athletic’s new assistant manager earlier this month.

Should Weaver, a popular and well-respected figure behind the scenes, impress in the short term, it is distinctly possible that he could be offered the chance to succeed Rhodes on a full-time basis. Old boy Kevin Pressman has also been linked with the job.

Weaver, who represented Mansfield Town, Manchester City, Charlton Athletic, Dundee and Aberdeen in his playing career, took part in the senior team’s initiation process on Wednesday night.

Footage on social media shows Weaver standing on a chair and singing a song to the squad and coaching staff. Young midfield duo Alex Hunt and Liam Waldock also had to partake in the ritual, which is usually reserved for the first overnight stay with the first team.

Wednesday’s fixtures with Brentford and Millwall in Augusthave been rearranged. The South club, who have confirmed their home strip will be on sale at Owls in the Park this weekend, were scheduled to take on the Bees on Saturday August 18 but will now face them 24 hours later. Their clash with Millwall has also been switched from Tuesday August 21 to Wednesday August 22.

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