At the end of last season there was great excitement in the media at the incredible feat of Sheffield Wednesday in coming second in League 1. The media ran out of adjectives on the lines of 'massive' and 'huge' to describe the Owls. Hillsborough was compared to the San Siro.
It was predicted that the Massives would treat the Championship as a mere way station en route to their rightful home in the Premier League. Their owner declared that they were one of the top ten clubs in the country. It was even suggested that a scheme to send tweets to a planet twenty light years ago which might be inhabited should include news of their truimph. Mandaric, however, has now changed his tune and admitted 'It's a big step up to the Championship': Massive Step
Things are clearly not going to plan as Wednesday are currently in the relegation zone. Of course, it's early in the season, the league is very tight in terms of the distribution of points, and I would be surprised if they return to League 1. But it's hardly a promotion push.
One problem may be that the Massive started to believe their own hype. However, it is also clear that their defence is not as strong as it needs to be. They have conceded 21 goals which is more than bottom club Peterborough. Manager Dave Jones blamed last Saturday's home defeat to Hull on one poor piece of defending and two bad decisions by officials.
What has surprised me is how much they are admired by fans of other Championship clubs. In the Four Four Two season preview the Bolton Wanderers fan names Hillsborough as the best away ground to visit and the Hull City fan names them as having the best away fans, as does the Notts Forest contributor.
At Bolton Owen Coyle has been dismissed because they are 18th, admittedly way out of line with expectations of both fans and pundits. However, Jones seems to be in no need of the tweet of confidence recently bestowed on Mark Hughes at QPR.