Owls coping with new-found optimism

Optimism has been in short supply in recent pre-seasons at Hillsborough, but the quality of signings coming into the club have been so high that the majority of fans were feeling upbeat – until about a week ago.

Sheffield Wednesday had managed to swap Francis Jeffers and Leon Clarke for Clinton Morrison, Neil Mellor and Paul Heffernan as well as adding width in Gary Teale and Chris Sedgwick. The former …

Fallen giants — the battle for League One glory

For fallen Premier League clubs, English football’s third tier has become an all-too-familiar residence over the last five years. Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton and Charlton Athletic have all been visitors, with success rates varying between each side.

Leicester and Norwich ensured their stays were mere loan spells, but for the others life has not been so easy. Nottingham Forest made it back after …