Sheffield Wednesday have been backed to mount a late push for promotion to the Premier League, according to Carlton Palmer.
The Owls were handed an immediate disadvantage going into this season after being handed a 12-point deduction for breaching spending rules.
That handicap has been difficult to overcome with the South Yorkshire side stuck in the relegation zone with 11 games played.
Few can argue Wednesday’s work in reducing their disadvantage, however the decision was made by Dejphon Chansiri to relieve manager Garry Monk of his duties.
No replacement has yet been confirmed but the hope is that whoever takes charge can push the Owls back up the table – something that former midfielder Palmer believes is more than achievable for a club of their size.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Palmer said: “Sheffield Wednesday are doing extremely well to cut the deficit to where they’ve got.
“If you’re saying that 90 points guarantees you promotion and 78-80 points guarantees you a place in the play-offs – there’s still plenty of points to play for.
“They’ve had a good start to the season and I’m expecting them to stake a serious claim to get into the play-offs, and then who knows when they get there.”
If Sheffield Wednesday are to do this then they’ll need to start picking up positive results sooner rather than later.
The Owls take on Preston North End in their first match following the international break – a game that is likely to be the first in charge for the club’s new head coach.
With significant work to do Chansiri will be hoping to put together a strong sequence of results as we move towards the festive period to ensure that a push for the top half of the table is still achievable when we reach the business end of the campaign.