With the half-way stage of the current league term almost upon us, the Owl’s are ten points adrift of the final playoff spot. Obviously, as long as the playoffs are mathematically possibly, there is always hope. However, performances this season have suggested that Sheffield Wednesday are a mile off being contenders for a top-six finish. We all know, the league table doesn’t lie. Not only that, the Owl’s have a goal difference of zero, if anything, this sums up Wednesday’s league campaign to a tee, no better, no worse, bang average at best. Additionally to this, in Carvalhals 30 month reign, I have never seen Wednesday starting eleven defend so poorly as they have done in the last six-weeks, recent individual and defensive errors against Ipswich Town and Norwich City springing to mind.
Clean sheets and defensive stability have always been a key in Wednesdays successes in recent seasons. Frailties in this department have not been overcome as goals and creativity seem just as hard to come by at the other end of the field.
Defeat to Norwich City last Saturday tipped many fans over the edge. The Canaries had the worst form in the league prior to the contest and ran out convincing 3-1 winners although Rhodes put the Owl’s one-nil ahead at the break with a poachers finish. Many fans remained indecisive over the last few months and continued to have maintained faith in Carlos Carvalhal. Never before have I seen the majority of fans crying out for Carlos to be shown the exit door after this most recent loss.
Personally, I always stated that I was happy for Carlos to be given the benefit of the doubt and then be judged at Christmas. With only two games to go before 25th December, the Owls now cannot mathematically be sitting sixth in the league standings, in-fact they are far from it. In such case, although it pains me to say it, a change is necessary sooner rather than later. I have nothing against Carlos Carvalhal, quite the contrary. The playoff final will always be a shining light in his first season in charge at Sheffield Wednesday and I thank him for those memories, despite the defeat.
If we are honest, Chansiri being an in-experienced Chairman probably doesn't know which way to turn, but, ultimately I'm sure he wants to protect his investment. The current situation must be giving him sleepless nights.
Sheffield Wednesday, on paper, face their toughest test of the season under the floodlights on Friday evening as they host Wolverhampton Wanderers who sit comfortably at the top of the table. Could defeat consequently see Carvalhal exit S6? I don't know, but as a Wednesdayite knowing that the Owls are so inconsistent, I wouldn't put it past Sheffield Wednesday taking all three points in this fixture!
I would love to hear your thoughts, are you on the Carlos in or Carlos out bandwagon?