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‘I am extremely worried for the Football Club’ – Ex-Sheffield Wednesday man issues damning Hillsborough verdict

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Sheffield Wednesday are a club in trouble according to former defender, Jon Newsome. 

The Owls are teetering on the brink of relegation out of the Sky Bet Championship, with Wednesday needing a specific swing of results in the final few games of the 2020/21 season to avoid the drop.

In truth, the decline at Hillsborough has been rapid since Carlos Carvalhal delivered back-to-back play-off appearances in 2016 and 2017.

There’s a pool of players out of contract at the end of this season including Tom Lees, Adam Reach and Jordan Rhodes, with a big summer on the horizon in terms of recruitment.

That’s one worry that Newsome has, but he’s also got issue with the decisions that have been made by management at Hillsborough, which has left the club without ownership of their stadium or their training ground.

Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Newsome said: “I am extremely worried for the Football Club. I really am worried for the Football Club.

“They are (potentially) going into League One with 14 of their playing staff potentially leaving in the summer. They no longer own their stadium because that’s been sold to the owner.

“They don’t own their own training ground and they never have done.

“Where do you go from here? You look at the decisions that have been made in the last five seasons and the advice that has been taken on board and acted upon, it doesn’t take a football genius to work out that those decisions have been the wrong decisions for the Football Club.”

Wednesday currently sit 23rd in the Championship table and, somewhat remarkably, still have a chance to retaining their second-tier status.

However, results must continue going in their favour in the coming weeks.

That’s in terms of their fixtures with Nottingham Forest and Derby County, as well as Rotherham United’s remaining three fixtures and Derby’s clash with Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

The Owls were beaten 3-1 by Middlesbrough over the weekend.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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