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Tuesday, 21 March, 2000, 17:45 GMT
Owls sack Wilson

Danny Wilson: Manager of the Month in January
Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Wilson has been sacked as the club teeters on the brink of relegation to Division One.

Wilson factfile
1988: Wins League Cup with Luton
1990: Moves to the Owls for 200,000
1993: Transfers to Barnsley
1995: Wilson's first season as player-manager
1997: Takes Barnsley to Premiership
1998: Installed as Wednesday boss
2000: Sacked by Owls
Former Owls assistant manager Peter Shreeves will take over the running of the side until the end of the season.

Wednesday chairman Howard Culley said the action had been taken because the club believes it can still avoid relegation despite lying seven points away from the last safe position in the league.

"I would like to thank Danny Wilson for his time as manager of Sheffield Wednesday. He has worked tirelessly and is hugely respected by everyone at the club," said Culley.

"I met Danny this morning at the training ground and told him that we'd terminated his contract now.

Last straw: Wednesday's loss to Watford
"I've only been chairman of the club for a few short weeks and I certainly wasn't put in as chairman as some sort of hatchet man.

"The board met on Sunday and the decision was made then.

"The thought process is that we can still avoid relegation and we thought a change on the coaching side might improve our chances."

Culley described Wilson's replacement, Shreeves, as "a fine and experienced coach and a man well known and respected in football".

We need to put some smiles on people's faces and get back to enjoying training and playing football

Peter Shreeves
"Peter's appointment gives the board time to consider a permanent managerial appointment without the need to restrict the search to those who are not currently under contract," he said.

Shreeves had a spell as assistant boss at Hillsborough two seasons ago, and now hopes to "put some smiles on people's faces" at Hillsborough.

"I had two and a half years here a couple of seasons ago and really enjoyed my time at the club," Shreeves said.

"At 9.30 yesterday morning I was out jogging and I got a call from the chairman on my mobile. It happened very quickly.

"We've got nine games to play, which is 27 points.

Shreeves worked with David Pleat and Ron Atkinson at Hillsborough
"It would appear to me the confidence has been fairly low recently. My job is to deal with the players and build up their confidence."

The Owls are currently languishing second from bottom of the Premiership after a terrible season that has seen them win only five games.

A brief rally earlier this year earned Wilson the Premiership's Manager of the Month award.

But Culley admitted the loss to bottom-placed Watford at the weekend sealed his fate was crucial.

"If the team had won at Watford it might have changed things, yes," he said when asked over the Vicarage Road result.

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