Speaking exclusively to Football League World, ex-Sheffield Wednesday man Carlton Palmer believes the club needs to appoint a manager that understands the Owls and their DNA, in a bid to bring the feel-good factor back to Hillsborough.
It’s been a tough few years for the Owls both on and off the pitch and they’re currently fighting for their lives in the second tier with Neil Thompson currently in charge.
Indeed, nothing has been made official over the club’s next permanent manager and, the longer it goes on, the likelier it seems that Thompson could get the nod.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Palmer was asked whether any of the likes of Roy Keane, Darren Moore or Slavisa Jokanovic would be suitable but it was clear he felt the club needed to look elsewhere.
“To be honest with you, none of them,” Palmer said.
“Well, Roy Keane, definitely not, I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday fans would take him at all.
“It’s a difficult one because I think you’ve got to go with somebody, especially with the situation that Sheffield Wednesday are in now, who is a top experienced manager. They need somebody who’s got a proven track record of getting teams promoted.
“And so to be honest with you, now, none of them [mentioned.] But that’s what you’re left with in terms of looking at managers because of the way they’ve gone on.”
Palmer then continued to say that the ideal manager needs to have some prior association with the club to inspire fans and get them going again, whilst also suggesting the ownership needs to take a look at certain issues like ticket prices.
“You know, something’s not quite right there,” Palmer explained.
“Obviously, we know what it is because of the change in managers and whatever, the quick turnarounds. But what Sheffield Wednesday need now is just a feel-good factor.
“Even if the manager they bring in is not successful, bring in somebody who’s got an affinity for the club, who will give back a bit of belief about Sheffield Wednesday and the DNA of Sheffield Wednesday, I think that’s the most important thing.
“And then, even in this position, you get the fans coming back too. Even when Sheffield Wednesday has been out of the Premier League their crowds have been the top of the Championship [attendances] and beaten some Premier League clubs for the fans that turn out there.
“But now it’s difficult for them and I feel for them with the amount of money that they have to pay. And the club’s lost its identity with the people who’ve actually been taking charge of the club. And that’s where it needs to be sorted out now.”