Harry Redknapp has told Talksport how Sheffield Wednesday now have every chance of a top half finish following the appointment of manager Tony Pulis.
The Owls currently sit second bottom following their points deduction.
Former manager Garry Monk felt he achieved his early-season goals ahead of the international break, but the club felt differently and relieved him of his duties.
Former Middlesbrough boss Pulis was swiftly appointed as his successor.
Redknapp feels the Welshman is an excellent fit for the Owls and predicts the club will shoot up the Championship table, comfortably finishing above the bottom three.
The only way from second bottom is up. If anyone’s going to keep them up, it’s Tony. They won’t go down. I’m sure they’ll finish in a comfortable enough position in the league by the end of the season. They’re one of the best clubs in the country and it’s a great job for Tony to take. With that squad and Tony going in I’m sure there’s every chance they’ll finish in the top half.
To finish in the top half considering the Owls’ current position amid the points deduction would surely rank among Pulis’s most successful seasons of his career.
Bristol City finished 12th on 63 points last term. For Wednesday to match that, it would require 57 points from their remaining 35 games – around 1.62 per game which is playoff form.
The immediate target should be to restore confidence, add some more goals to the team – especially at Hillsborough – and ultimately move away from the danger zone.
Championship rivals Derby County can also expect a new manager bounce after dismissing Phillip Cocu, while fellow strugglers Wycombe Wanderers are finding their feet.
There will be hurdles to overcome, but Owls fans can take comfort in Pulis’s reputation for getting the most out of his players while the January transfer window isn’t too far away.