‘I spoke to them’: Chris Powell shares the ‘hard’ challenge he has set Sheffield Wednesday

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Chris Powell, England coach looks on during the England Training Session at St George's Park on November 08, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The challenge that Chris Powell issued to the Sheffield Wednesday players has been revealed.

The Owls coach expressed optimism that his squad can disprove the opinions of those who have “written them off” in an interview with The Star.

Chris Powell has managed teams in the past, including Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic, but his most recent positions have been behind the scenes with Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team.

But this month, the 54-year-old chose to move from the English city to Yorkshire, where he became Sheffield Wednesday’s assistant coach under Danny Rohl.

Though the team is now bottom of the Championship standings, the pair have already had a positive influence at Hillsborough and have plenty of faith in this set of players.

Powell believes that if the players “go out fighting,” the Owls can make a big difference this season.


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“Actually, we have a chance to show people that we can move forward from where we are now,” Powell said in a statement following Plymouth. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to look back in a few years when everyone has written you off and say, “You’ve achieved something.”

This season is going to be difficult and full of blows to the gut. We might not make it out of it, but you have to fight for what you believe in and show others that you care, and I sense that in this group.

Will Sheffield Wednesday and Chris Powell silence the skeptics?

There is no reason why things can’t look much better in the later stages of the season if Sheffield Wednesday is given the funding to enhance their squad in January.

In September 2021, while Nottingham Forest was also at the bottom of the second division, Steve Cooper was named manager of the team. For the first time in 23 years, the 43-year-old led Forest to the Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday could undoubtedly make an impact on the Championship if Danny Rohl and Chris Powell are successful in implementing this new approach. They still have plenty of time to save the Owls from relegation.

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