Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Clinton Morrison has warned that the club will not find it easy to win promotion from League One next season.
The Owls are preparing for a return to the third-tier following their relegation from the Championship on the final day of the 2020/21 campaign.
They will of course be targeting an immediate promotion back to the second-tier, but Morrison – who was part of the Wednesday squad who won promotion from League One in 2011/12 – does not believe that will be an easy task for the club.
Speaking about his former club’s chances of promotion next season, Morrison was quoted by The Sheffield Star as saying: “We got Sheffield Wednesday promoted out of League One but it is a difficult league. It is just as hard as the Championship.
“There are some big clubs in the division like Sunderland, Ipswich and Portsmouth. They shouldn’t be in there but no team has a divine right to get promoted.
“What they have got to realise is that all the other teams in League One are going to want to beat them when they come to Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday is a huge club. When you go to all the big teams, you want to silence them.”
Speaking about what Wednesday will have to do in order to win promotion, Morrison went on to add: “What that group of players need is a good pre-season, to work hard and listen to what Darren has got to say. I think a good pre-season will help them.
“Darren is going to need help from the owner, most definitely. He needs to get his signings in before pre-season so he can work with them and integrate them into the squad.
“They have obviously lost a few players but still have got the nucleus of a really good squad.”