Can Sheffield Wednesday Avoid Relegation Under Danny Rohl? – Opinion

Sheffield Wednesday boosted their chances of survival after an impressive 2-0 win against fellow relegation battlers Millwall at The Den last weekend. After being one of the favourites to go down this season they’re showing signs of proving their doubters wrong.

The Owls are on their second manager this season. Xisco Munoz was sacked in October after he failed to win any of his 10 Championship games in charge and left the club seven points adrift of safety. The Spaniard had replaced Darren Moore, who left in the summer after guiding the Yorkshire side to the Championship. Former Germany assistant coach Danny Rohl was chosen as Munoz’s successor after Wednesday’s worst-ever start to a season.

When the German took over, the Owls were rooted to the bottom of the Championship table and looked set on returning to League One next season, but the Championship outfit look revitalised under Rohl’s management and have significantly improved. Wednesday sit in 23rd position currently and are only four points from safety. They have been pretty good so far in 2024, winning three of their eight league games and their latest victory coming in a relegation six-pointer against Millwall.

Anthony Musaba was exceptional at the weekend and was influential for both goals scored in the capital. The 23-year-old arrived in the summer, and he will be the man Sheffield Wednesday rely on to give them that spark when going forward. Five league goals and three assists for the Dutchman in the league this season is solid but if he is to be their saviour, he must look to double his goal tally by May.

Wednesday would become only the second Championship side in seven seasons to avoid relegation after only winning three points or fewer in their opening 11 games. If Rohl continues the job he is doing at Hillsborough and helps them stay up, then there is no doubt he will go down as a hero in South Yorkshire and it could be considered just as good an achievement as the club’s comeback in the League One playoffs against Peterborough United last year.

They have some favourable games coming up which could see themselves out of the bottom three by early March. Matches against Bristol City, Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle in the next few weeks are winnable and achieving maximum points could be vital if they are to stay up this campaign.

Despite being the joint lowest scorers in the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday look good for their money at the moment and the fact other sides around them are underperforming should fill fans with confidence. Rotherham look destined for League One, and the Lions haven’t won in seven league games so if the Owls can keep picking up points Rohl will likely have pulled off the great escape in Yorkshire.


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