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Jos Luhukay refuses to discuss key issue after Rotherham draw

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay refused to discuss whether he feared the sack yesterday, after his side struggled to a 2-2 draw with lowly Rotherham United.

The Dutchman is under intense pressure at Hillsborough, despite the point leaving them in 17th place, six points clear of the relegation zone. After a summer in which he was unable to recruit players, it was always going to be a battle for the Owls, but recent results have not been impressive.

They’ve won just once in nine matches, and needed a Lucas Joao brace to earn a point against the Millers. Post match, Luhukay was asked whether he feared the sack or not, but he refused to rule it out.

“I am not deaf,” he is reported as saying by BT Sports. “This question you can ask, but I will not give you an answer to this. I cannot give an answer to this.”

Luhukay felt a draw was a fair result, one his side deserved despite taking the lead just before half time. Michael Smith cancelled that goal out immediately after the restart, before Ritchie Towell gave the visitors the lead.

“In the second half the game turned in the first 10 minutes in a positive way, but we came back into the game and deserved the 2-2 draw. We have to go further in your work with the team and you hope that every new game you find your way. Next week we have a new chance.”

Next week the Owls travel to Swansea, before a visit from Preston North End before Christmas.

The Verdict

If they don’t get four points from the next two games, I can’t see Luhukay lasting. They’re away at Boro and West Brom between Christmas and New Year, both games they’ll struggle to take anything from.

He was on a hiding to nothing from the outset this season and surely he has to be the most unlucky manager in the Championship. If he’s not given time, which it is unlikely he will be, he can feel aggrieved at the circumstances he has been handed.

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