Former Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has suggested that he believes Tony Pulis will guide the Owls to a comfortable mid-table finish after taking over from Garry Monk.
Monk left Hillsborough during the week with the Owls sitting second from bottom in the Championship, but at least back in touch with some of the sides above them in the table after their points deduction was halved. However, Sheffield Wednesday managed to win just three of their opening 11 league matches of the campaign.
The Owls decided to appoint Pulis as Monk’s successor with the former Middlesbrough boss now tasked with ensuring Sheffield Wednesday survive this season. The experienced manager will need to transform the club’s form on the field after a poor end to last season saw them slip from 3rd in the table down to a lowly 16th place finish.
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Speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp outlined that Sheffield Wednesday are one of the most attractive clubs to manage outside of the Premier League. While he also insisted that Pulis is the right fit for the club and that he will guide the Owls to a comfortable finish this campaign.
He said: “It’s a great job for Tony – he’ll be delighted to have this opportunity. The only way from second bottom is up.
“If anyone’s going to keep them up, it’s Tony. They won’t go down. I’m sure they’ll finish in a comfortable enough position in the league by the end of the season.
“The Sheffield Wednesday board have probably panicked a bit [at the situation they’re in] and unfortunately Garry Monk has lost his job which is a shame for him.
“If you’re going to take someone and you’re looking to stay up then Tony is your man. They’ve chosen the right person for the job.
“Sheffield Wednesday are a club with great potential. They’ve got a brilliant set of fans and fabulous support.
“If anyone said to me about buying a football club in terms of teams outside of the Premier League that would be one of the first ones I’d recommend.
“Tony is going to be on his travels a lot again [just like when he managed Middlesbrough]. It’s a long way from Poole to Sheffield! But he’ll be ready for the challenge ahead.”
On paper at least it seems as though Pulis is exactly the right type of manager for the Owls to appoint given their precarious position in the Championship table. Monk did manage to get the club back in touch with the teams around them in the table, thanks to the points deduction being halved, but they still would have been sat just outside the bottom three had no points been deducted.
That shows that they were in relegation sort of form anyway, and therefore a change was needed especially considering their league form in the second half of last term. Redknapp is a manager with vast experience also and he knows the qualities needed to turn things around at a club the size of Sheffield Wednesday.
Pulis arrives with proven pedigree in the Championship and it would be a surprise if he was not able to improve consistency of results over the coming weeks and months. If he can get the Owls some momentum then there is no reason why they can not push up the league table.