Wednesday manager gives his first thoughts
New Sheffield Wednesday Tony Pulis took training for the first time on Monday and also spoke to the press via Zoom for the first time since taking the job.
The former West Brom manager spoke about the size of the club and how the aim is ultimately to get up into the Premier League. It was put to him that the owner, Dejphon Chansiri is of the belief that the Owls could still be capable of mounting a promotion challenge this season but Pulis wouldn’t be drawn on any timescale in that respect, stating that every club in the Championship has a desire to reach the top flight and he would need to assess what he has to work with. He stated that Chansiri had demonstrated his passion for the club and acknowledge the significant investment in the club that the owner has made.
The 62-year old did suggest that the squad may be light in some areas and top heavy in others but it would be up to the players to prove their worth in the coming weeks and the lead up to January before any decisions on what the transfer window would hold could be made.
Pulis spoke in praise of Owls influential midfielder and captain Barry Bannan and he also stated that goalkeeper Keiren Westwood would return to first team training and he would like him to be involved with the first team again.
The Welshman’s first match in charge of Wednesday will be away to Preston North End on Saturday 21st November.