The Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore could return to the stadium for the Owls’ must-win Championship final day clash.
That’s according to Moore’s assistant manager, Jamie Smith, who, speaking after the goalless draw with Nottingham Forest, stated his belief that the 47-year-old has been recovering well from illness, and could feel well enough to make a return to the touchline this Saturday.
As cited by Yorkshire Live, Smith said: “He is good. He’s a lot better in himself. He could potentially be back in the stands for Derby.”
While Moore’s absence due to serious illness is in no way his own fault, the lack of the manager’s presence on the touchline will undoubtedly have had a negative impact on the Wednesday players at a crucial stage of the season.
However, with Smith picking up a rather impressive five points over the four games that Moore has missed, the Owls do still stand a chance of pulling off what would be a remarkable escape from the relegation places on the final day of the season.
In order to do so, Wednesday will be hoping that Rotherham United do not pick up any points in their game in hand on Tuesday evening, before the Owls head into what could essentially be a relegation play-off with Wayne Rooney’s Derby County side on Saturday, with the losing team more than likely being the outfit who will be playing their football in the third tier as of next season.
As such, the return of Moore for this seismic clash would be a huge boost for both the players and fans of Sheffield Wednesday alike, all of whom will be praying that the 47-year-old’s return can provide the spark that sees the Owls climb out of the bottom three come the final whistle of the Championship season this weekend.