The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has suggested that he believes Darren Moore will stay on as Sheffield Wednesday’s manager next season regardless of what league they are playing in.
The Owls are facing a massive challenge now to ensure their survival in the Championship, with their 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday leaving them four points adrift of safety with just two matches remaining. The only hope they have is that they play Derby County on the final day of the campaign. So, they will hope to close the gap in their next fixture to give themselves a chance.
However, even that is dependent on what happens with Rotherham United’s games in hand. Having already been through Garry Monk, Tony Pulis and Neil Thompson (on a caretaker basis) this season, Sheffield Wednesday could be facing a key decision over the long-term future of Moore over the summer. It is a decision that they have to get right for the future of the club.
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Nixon was asked by a Sheffield Wednesday supporter on Twitter whether the Owls would stick with Moore this summer. He suggested that he believes he will be in the dugout at Hillsborough next term. Although he did warn that you can never be completely sure what will happen with the club under Dejphon Chansiri.
Think he stays. But never know with the owner. https://t.co/JY2tmDe9UY
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) April 25, 2021
Keeping Moore simply has to be a priority for the Owls this summer, even if they go down they have got a manager at the helm who has experience of League One and experience handling the pressures at a club that are aiming for promotion. Those experiences have gone already within his first two jobs at West Brom and Doncaster and show he has what it takes to do the job.
The Owls worked hard to get him out of Doncaster, so it would make little sense for them to just allow him to leave the club at the end of the campaign. Moore has now had time to assess the squad and will be aware of the areas that need to be improved whatever division they happen to be playing in next season.
Therefore, he will be able to identify targets to bring into the club straight away. Moore has also shown that he can get good performances out of the existing group of players at Hillsborough. That has been demonstrated by the wins against the likes of Barnsley and Cardiff City. He needs a pre-season now to try and build on that and get more consistency from his squad.