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Rotherham United’s next game is a local derby which sees Sheffield Wednesday in town on Friday night with the added bonus of it being live on Sky TV.
Before we go into the game we asked our sister site Vital Wednesday a few questions – and we got some very good answers!
You’ve had a good run of form recently – what do you put that down too – and do you think you can be in the top three come the end of the season?
A good run of form has been enjoyed by Wednesday in part due to competition for places with a large playing squad. As well as confidence from strong performances. There is a real belief among many Wednesday fans that the team can do something this season, may be play-offs? With Chansiri being ambitious and investing in all aspects of the club he will want to see a return on that investment over the coming years. But with some big spending sides in the Championship this year both in terms of transfers and wages the top three may be to much of a stretch.
Do you think you will play a ‘weakened’ side against the Millers with your Cup game against Arsenal following on?
Simply put No! Carlos is a workaholic and knows that Wednesday fans don’t want to be beaten by a local rival. Since his arrival in S6 he’s clearly researched the clubs history, rivalries and fans. He will know how important this game will be to the fans with the absence of a Steel City Derby given United’s extended stay in League One.
You finished mid-table last season and there were a few grumbles on the local radio from Owls supporters. But was that such a disappointment?
Again No, Stuart Gray did have money to spend in January 2014 but with the likes of Derby, Ipswich and Brentford they were long out of sight by then and would have meant us going on a long run of home and away victory’s to even get close. With facing many of those teams and the likes of Wolves, Bournemouth it wasn’t going to happen. With last seasons playing budget one could even claim the squad over achieved.
What were your thoughts in the summer when Carlos Carvalhal was appointed – and have they differed now the season is well under way?
Carlos was an early favourite when the odds for the next Owls boss were announced by the bookies, so someone must have leaked something. Don’t forget that list also included the likes of Carbone, Di Canio, Paul Lambert, Warnock, Allardyce to name but a few. But, it was still surprising to many that Gray received the boot, he’d stabilised the club after a torrid time under Dave Jones who refused to accept any blame. Should he have been given the chance to take the club forward? I suspected he wasn’t going to be given that chance as he was not present when the football committee was announced to the press and fans back in April. Like with any business takeover, Chansiri wanted his own staff in place hence why Gray got the boot.
Now the season is under-way the fans have taken to him and his brand of football and with Chansiri being ambitious, Carlos will have to match that, but he is a pro at playing it cool in front of the media.
I see you’ve recently appointed Lee Bullen as Assistant Manager
The word Legend gets banded about to often in Football but, Bullen is a genuine Wednesday legend, he took to the club and the city almost immediately back in 2004 when he signed for Chris Turner in the dark League One days. He wore the shirt with pride and worked his socks off constantly, in a predominately working class area such as South Yorkshire, fans of the Owls and Millers will fully appreciate that from their players. Since his return to the a club he again has taken on many roles, and has been ever present on the side lines this season with Carlos. So, its no great surprise to fans, but a formal promotion to Assistant Manager is well deserved and provides a link between the past and the future of our great club.
Will you be coming to the New York Stadium, if so, is it your first visit?
Sadly not, due to work commitments but my Vital Wednesday colleagues will be in attendance to cheer on Wednesday and encourage all Millers fans to bounce as they too, aren’t Blades!
Who should we be looking out for in a Wednesday shirt on Friday night?
Tempting to say Kieren Lee, but he is a known entity to all Millers fans thanks to his scoring exploits in injury time last season. But, with our strong squad and extensive summer recruitment drive there are a host of new names that could star in front of the Sky Sports cameras on October 23rd. Forestieri is a classy performer and will relish the spot light of a derby game on TV, to think that no other side looked to sign him is incredible given his talent and record. He would be one player any fan should be looking forward to seeing. Also, Lucas Joao is a handful and is the type of player that when he gets the ball you think things will happen. Those two combined cost £5million and now have settled in, so many are expecting big things from both of them.
Miller`s fans may well enjoy Sam Hutchinson booking bingo too, as the combative midfielder tends to get booked in most games not just blood and thunder derby matches. So, pick a time when the former Chelsea player will be booked, I’m going for the 25th minute.
Who is your favourite ever player for the Owls?
Personally, Des Walker! As not the tallest player to play as a central defender, I used my speed like Walker did to keep the opposition from scoring unlike Walker. It didn’t always work, hence why I only ever played Sunday League!
Cheers for answering our questions! Here’s to an entertaining game!
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