Date: 20th November 2006 at 10:13pm
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The latest poll on Vital Sheffield Wednesday asked users whether the sacking of Paul Sturrock was right or wrong…and the results are IN!…

It’s now over a month since Paul Sturrock dramatically left Hillsborough after being shown the door by club chairman Dave Allen – and despite the uproar at the former Plymouth Argyle manager’s departure at the time, the fans now seem split over whether his sacking was right or wrong.

48 per cent of Vital Sheffield Wednesday users think the sacking of Sturrock was the right decision – and maybe rightly so as the Owls went on an impressive run of form which saw them collect three wins and a draw under caretaker boss Sean McAuley before carrying on the form with victory at Ipswich under new boss Brian Laws.

Many fans questioned Dave Allen’s theory of wanting attractive football in contrast to Sturrock’s belief that results come first and foremost and the attractive football is the icing on the cake.

But Wednesday have undergone a dramatic change since the sacking of the former messiah – not just in results, but in the way the team have been getting the results – in just the manner Mr Allen wanted.

A victory for Mr Allen then?

Not necessarily, as 48 per cent of Vital Sheffield Wednesday users also think the decision to sack Sturrock was the wrong choice.

Afterall, the team that is performing so well at the moment is the team that took two years to build through the trusty eyes of the former gaffer. Everyone knows the injury problems the club encountered at the start of the season – so what’s saying the same run wouldn’t have happened under the guidance of Sturrock?

He’s the man who met his targets in the two seasons he was at the club – he achieved promotion a ‘season early’ and gave Wednesdayites an unforgettable day out in Cardiff before guiding the Owls to safety at the first time of asking in the Championship – and with a bit to spare, too.

But had he taken the Owls as far as he could?

The remaining four per cent of users felt it was the right decision to sack Sturrock but it was the wrong decision to replace him with new-man Brian Laws.

It’s fair to say the list of candidates rumoured to be interested in taking the job underwhelmed the vast majority of Wednesdayites – a list which included Bryan Robson, Gary Megson and Andy Ritchie – and it will take time for Laws to win the fans over.

Had you been offered Brian Laws in place of Paul Sturrock at the start of the season would you have been pleased? Certainly 12 games can’t be enough to prove yourself, especially with injuries, and even more so because your Chairman has just give you a brand spanking new contract.

Nevertheless, Laws is the man now at the helm of the club we all love and needs our support – for a few games at least!