Anyone in any doubt as to the way Sheffield Wednesday fans feel about Jos Luhukay needs only to look at their response to the Dutchman’s managerial return this week.
Luhukay was given a two-year deal to replace Markus Kauczinski as St Pauli boss on Wednesday, four months after he was effectively driven out of Hillsborough by a baying support base.
Having overseen a run of seven defeats and one win in 10 matches, whilst repeatedly refusing to recall several now key players whom he had banished without a proper explanation, Luhukay could have no real complaints.
But the 55-year-old’s reign was not a complete disaster. Here we revisit three things he got right at Hillsborough:
Didn’t lose at the Lane
Many of a Wednesday persuasion approached their side’s two most recent visits to Sheffield United with a strong sense of foreboding, given the local rivals’ contrasting fortunes.
Both times, however, the Owls escaped with not only a point but a clean sheet too. And whilst neither performance was by any means pretty, they helped to avoid any further embarrassment.
Signed Michael Hector
When the time comes for Wednesdayites to select their player of the 2018/19 season, Hector will not be far from the crown.
The on-loan Chelsea defender was one of just three signings made by Luhukay at Hillsborough and has been a colossus alongside Tom Lees, filling a hole that had gaped for the best part of two years. Ironically, his best form arrived after his former boss’s exit.
Promoted from within
Wednesday’s academy has improved ten-fold since the start of the decade although its produce was rarely sampled by Luhukay’s predecessor, Carlos Carvalhal, who was in fairness juggling expectations that were far greater.
But the former took advantage of that, along with an unprecedented injury crisis, to introduce several home-grown talents. As a result, the Owls now have at least three players, Cameron Dawson, Jordan Thorniley and Matthew Penney, who can be called upon for years to come.