The Sky Bet Championship returns this weekend after the international break and plenty has happened since we last had a set of fixtures.
New managers are in charge at both Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday ahead of their Yorkshire derby, as Danny Cowley goes up against Garry Monk.
What’s the feeling from the Owls’ camp ahead of this one, then? We caught up with Louis Shackshaft to take a look…
1. Garry Monk is the new Sheffield Wednesday manager, are you pleased with that appointment?
Chris Hughton, Danny Cowley and Garry Monk were the only other realistic managers that I’d have been happy with, so I can’t grumble given some of the names that were branded around for the job. I believe Monk will bring more consistency to our style of play and this will, therefore, encourage better results, that’s not me saying we will be successful under Monk though, he still has a lot to prove.
2. Lee Bullen is set to stay in the coaching set-up, is that something that Owls fans are happy with?
I can’t deny that the Owls fans will be happy with his continuing role within the club as assistant manager, he’s reliable. However, with a heavy heart, it’s probably best for Bullen to consider managerial roles away from the club now if he’s to better his long-term career. It will be a sad day when the inevitable happens but I’ll be pleased to see him working alongside Monk, for now.
3. Tom Lees had treatment in Spain over the international break, can you see him starting this weekend?
It would be in Sheffield Wednesday’s best interest to see him return as soon as possible. In Lees’ absence, we were made aware against QPR that a loss of concentration at the back is punishable in this league. Prior to this, Lees and Börner were relatively solid. It would also be wrong to rush Lees back so if he isn’t to play, I’d expect Bates to step in.
4. Huddersfield are up next with their new manager, too, what are you expecting from this one?
This is now a very difficult game to predict. Prior to Cowley’s appointment, I’d have been quietly confident of a Wednesday win. Both managers won’t want to lose their first tie in charge so it could be a tight-fisted affair, despite the new appointment bringing an added spark and influx of confidence. I wouldn’t expect many goals in this tie.
For the reasons I gave above, I’ll predict a 1-1 score draw.