Sheffield Wednesday have parted ways with Darren Moore.

After an almost-complete rebuild of the playing squad during two seasons in League One, resulting in promotion to the Championship via a memorable play-off run, Moore has left Sheffield Wednesday by mutual consent.

The 49-year-old was in charge for more than two years and oversaw 129 games, winning 66 of those to leave with a win rate of 51.2%, making the former West Brom boss the best Owls boss in terms of win percentage since Harry Catterick who left the club way back in 1961.

The news has left Wednesday fans and neutrals alike in disbelief, and one who’s joined the reaction is former Wednesday man Neil Mellor.

He tweeted:

Former Liverpool man Mellor spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday during the 2010/11 League One season. The now 40-year-old scored 13 league goals for Wednesday that season, before moving into punditry following an early retirement from football.

Baffling…

Mellor certainly shares the view of many here. For Owls fans, the news hasn’t quite sunk in and it’s clear that there must have been some unrest for Moore and the Wednesday board to agree to part ways with each other.

It’s been a tough couple of seasons for Wednesday but they’ve come out of League One as a much better and stable side, so moving on Moore ahead of a tough summer transfer window and an equally tough 2023/24 season is a very surprising decision indeed.

Not only do the Owls have to oversee their recruitment with no Moore and no David Downes either, they’re now tasked with finding a replacement for Moore.

This summer just got a whole lot tougher for the Owls.

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