Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Jon Newsome has admitted that the club’s relegation to Sky Bet League One is the biggest blow that the Owls have experienced since the 1999/00 season, during an exclusive interview with Football League World.
Wednesday suffered the ignominy of falling into the third tier on the final day of the Championship season after they could only draw away at Derby County in what was a must win match for the Yorkshire club.
Now the Hillsborough outfit are set to partake in League One for the first time since 2012, with Darren Moore seeking to return his side to the second tier at the first attempt after taking on the job back in March of this year.
With a summer overhaul of the current squad being expected to take place this summer, mass changes appear likely for the Owls as they look to get their house back in order both on and off the pitch.
However, Newsome was quick to beomoan his old side’s shortcomings and made the following claim to FLW:
“Well, I mean for me, I think it’s the biggest blow since probably relegation from the Premier League in the 1999/00 season.
“You know, I know we went down to the third tier some years ago, but that was off the back of the club having year upon year of being in debt and clubs struggling financially etc.
“This time around, we’ve got a new owner, albeit he came in maybe five or six years ago now. He’s plowed a lot of money into the club, they’ve had a bit of a taste for success and they nearly got to the Premier League when they took part in the play-off final.
“And then here we are just a few years later and we’ve gone through the trap door into League One and I think it’s the biggest blow for the last 20 years for me.”