Wolves v Sheffield Wednesday: Summer break warmly welcomed by Owls chief

Sheffield Wednesday boss, Jos Luhukay. Picture: Steve Ellis
Sheffield Wednesday boss, Jos Luhukay. Picture: Steve Ellis
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WITH five wins from the last seven games and Fernando Forestieri underlining just what Sheffield Wednesday had been missing during his six months out injured, Jos Luhukay could be forgiven for wanting the season to continue for a few more weeks.

Another run of victories, together with performances such as the one that blew away Reading last week, would surely only boost the feelgood factor around Hillsborough.

Head coach Luhukay, however, already has one eye on the summer and the chance to enjoy his first pre-season with the Owls.

“In the new season you have the chance in six weeks to give your philosophy and your vision to the players,” said the Dutchman, whose players will return on June 25.

“It is difficult when you arrive in the middle of the season. We had 16 players not available on the day I came. The team had not got a lot of confidence and they had lost a lot of games.

“We had to work on a lot of things. In the middle of the season it was hard and intensive, but the main problem we had was so many games.

“We were still in the FA Cup and that meant we had three games per week.

“It is very difficult when you only have games, and not training sessions, to bring your philosophy.”

Luhukay, with three promotions on his CV from Germany, takes Wednesday to Wolverhampton Wanderers today and he is not expecting the champions to ease up.

“I have had this experience in the past,” he said. “It is their last home game, the last impression for their own fans on the season.

In the middle of the season, it was hard and intensive but the main problem we had was so many games.

“That will make it a hard game for us. Wolves are not a team to relax. They will want to do a very good game. We will give our best and try to come home with a good result.

“For every player it is a chance to play against this season’s best team. They have high quality. You only have to look at the points and the goals they have scored to know they are very strong.”