lunedì 14 ottobre 2013

Steel City is rusty

Ex-Rangers star David Weir’s tenure as Sheffield United manager is over after the club sacked him following a disappointing start to the League One campaign. The Blades have won only one of their 10 league games, on the opening weekend of the season, and are currently third from bottom in the table. The Saudi Arabian Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad, the club’s co-owner after he purchased 50 per cent of the club’s shares from the owner and chairman Kevin McCabe, gave Weir his full backing. But it wasn’t enough to save Weir after the concerns following the dismal start. He struggled, losing nine of United’s 13 matches since he replace former manager Danny Wilson. This has been a poor start to the season for both Sheffield clubs as both Wednesday and United occupy the 22nd place in the Championship. Chris Waddle and Jan Aage Fjortoft’s glory days are far from the present. After Weir’s dismissal, United is gone through six managers since 2007 relegation from the Premier League under Neil Warnock. The rookie manager wasn’t given time. But he also paid a lack of experience at this level. Still Weir’s appointment at Bramall Lane brought on a lot of interest as the Blades has gone unbeaten in pre-season. Former Derby County’s manager, Nigel Clough, and Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade are bookmakers’ favourites to succeed Weir. At Wednesday, Dave Jones is in a worse position being winless at the moment. The Owls and Blades have just one win between them from their opening games combined. The club was a top tier club in the past but has not been there since 2000 and was saved when owner Milan Mandaric bought it clearing all debts so is improbable to see him spending a lot after the financial turmoil club has seen latest seasons. Wednesday enjoyed a bright start to the season, but their positive opening period was soon forgotten. Injuries had their part as Jones rarely fielded the same back four in consecutive matches. But it's still far from the expected. Sheffield Wednesday's inconsistency is frustrating the club's coaching staff and fans. 

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