Sheffield Wednesday’s 2020/21 point deduction has been a topic of discussion for Jon Newsome, with the former Owl underlining how it made the club a difficult sell to transfer targets ahead of the season.
Darren Moore’s side are staring relegation to League One in the face now, which is in no small part down to the point deduction for breaching rules surrounding the sale of Hillsborough.
Initially, Wednesday were hit with a 12-point deduction, but that was reduced to six upon appeal.
At the time of writing, Wednesday are 23rd in the Championship table and four points adrift of Derby County with three games remaining. Simply, without the deduction, they’d be edging towards safety and out of the relegation zone.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Newsome stated: “If you’ve not got six points taken off you at the start of the season, then you’d be in a far healthier position.
“That’s all because of the financial aspects of the football club, profit and sustainability.”
What’s been levelled at Wednesday is the fact that the club’s recruitment has been poor over the last two windows and that has, ultimately, contributed to this season’s struggles.
However, for Newsome, the fact that Wednesday were in this financial turmoil and facing a point deduction, made it very difficult to sell a move to Hillsborough given the battle the Owls were facing starting on negative points.
He continued: “Sheffield Wednesday fans have been vocal on social media about the recruitment and the players that were brought in, but I said at the back end of last season that it was going to be an incredibly difficult sell to any player.”
Wednesday still have a chance of pulling themselves out of trouble, but are relying on Rotherham United and Derby dropping a host of points between now and the end of the season.
This weekend, Wednesday travel to the North East to take on Middlesbrough, whilst Rotherham face Barnsley and Derby take on Birmingham City.