Two years of Darren Moore: Owls fans reflect on their manager’s stellar turnaround

Sheffield Wednesday fans have been singing the praises of manager Darren Moore today as they celebrate two years since his appointment.

Fans who once doubted the manager have since had to change their views with their team flying at the top of the league and unbeaten in their last 20 fixtures.

Wednesday fan Tim Rowson took to Twitter to say: “I’m not going to lie, I was one of the #MooreOut brigade after we were relegated. But boy has he changed my mind on his appointment! In Moore we trust!”

After a tough start to Moore’s stint as boss saw the Owls relegated from the Championship, they currently look nailed on favourites for automatic promotion this season.

It has been a period of progression for Moore’s side – after he was first appointed at the tail end of the 21/22 season, Wednesday lost seven out of their last 14 games (50%) with just three wins and four draws, resulting in a bottom placed finish and relegation to League One.

Some supporters were not at all convinced by the Jamaican early doors. One Wednesday fan, Will Sweeney, took to Twitter to say: “Come on, can we all now realise that Darren Moore isn’t the man for the job? #MooreOut #swfc”.

With their current form however, it is likely Sweeney’s views might have changed after a quick look at the league table.

In the former West Brom man’s first full season in charge, the Owls managed a fourth place finish in League One, reaching the playoffs. 

Signings Lee Gregory from Stoke and former Premier League star Saido Berahino provided the side goals, with the former netting 16 in 36 League One appearances.

Skipper Barry Bannan improved his creative output under Moore too, with 20 goals and assists in the 21/22 league season, compared to just seven the season before.  

After reaching the playoffs in good form, Moore’s side fell short to eventual winners Sunderland, losing 2-1 on aggregate. 

Disappointments aside, Wednesday pushed on into this season, looking to build upon the playoffs to earn themselves automatic promotion.

In came midfielder Will Vaulks from Cardiff and Rotherham’s Michael Smith, as well as experienced goalkeeper David Stockdale from Wycombe and Michael Ihiekwe to strengthen the defence.

Since then, Wednesday’s performances have improved massively, and they have risen up to top of the division, so far losing just three games and winning 21.

After a tough start, Darren Moore looks to have turned it round for Sheffield Wednesday, especially in the eyes of the fans.

The most important thing for the club is that he can secure automatic promotion, and begin to get Wednesday back to where they belong.

Written by Harry Thursby

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