Sheffield Wednesday: End of season review

A defeat to Huddersfield Town in the play-off semi-final last night means Sheffield Wednesday’s 2016-17 season is over.

Despite failing to secure promotion for the second successive season, it has been a very successful season for the Owls, who secured their highest league finish since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2000.

After a great deal of investment in the summer transfer window, Wednesday fans expected an explosive start to the season.

However, Carlos Carvalhal’s side only managed four points from their opening four league games.

They also suffered a shocking defeat to League Two side Cambridge United in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Things started to pick up in September though, as they won four games out of five in that month.

The Owls also had a very good festive period, losing only one game in December.

Wednesday’s highlight of the season also came in this spell. A win over the league champions Newcastle United was a delightful Boxing Day treat for the fans.

Carvalhal made more exciting signings in the January transfer window, as Jordan Rhodes and Callum McManaman both arrived on-loan from top flight clubs.

In the run up to the end of the season Wednesday won six consecutive games to cement a 4th place finish.

However, it was play-off misery again for Wednesday, who lost to Huddersfield on penalties in the second leg of the semi-final.

Back to back promotion failures have lead many fans to question Carvalhal’s future at the club.

Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been heavily linked with a move to Hillsborough this summer.

Dom Howson, a sports journalist at The Sheffield Star, said: “I think the ball really is in Carlos’s court. He’s done a brilliant job at Wednesday with back to back play-off finishes.

“They have spent big money and with the resources he has had at his disposal, you could argue that you would expect the level of success that they have had.”

Mr Howson believes that instead of changing the manager, Wednesday’s owners “need to bring in a few more upgrades and have a summer clear-out”.

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