Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore brought Jamie Smith and Paul Williams to the club with him on arrival, and Adriano Basso could arrive at Hillsborough this summer as goalkeeper coach. The 46-year-old, who currently plies his trade with Grantham Town, is someone I believe is on Wednesday and Moore’s radar, ahead of what will be a period of change.
Brazilian-born Basso is perhaps best known for his five-year spell with Bristol City between 2005-2010. In this time, the Robins won promotion from League One and appeared in the Championship play-off final. After amassing 182 appearances for Bristol City, the former Ponte Preta and Atletico Paranaense keeper represented clubs like Wolves, Hull City, Truro City, FC United of Manchester, Radcliffe Borough and Nuneaton Town.
Nicky Weaver is the current first-team goalkeeper coach at Wednesday, so he may revert to his role with the younger keepers if the club gets a deal for Basso over the line. You’d imagine that the possibility of Basso joining the Owls suggests Moore is keen to add to and restructure the coaching team around him in the first team environment this summer and potentially elsewhere within the club.
Wednesday currently have Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith as their first team goalies. Still, Moore will likely consider adding a new number one to the ranks ahead of the new campaign as he attempts to mount a promotion challenge and secure a swift return to the Championship. So, it could be a case of the Owls having a new face between the sticks. And a new man coaching the keepers ahead of the pivotal 2020/21 season.
It shows Moore is wasting no time in pressing ahead with his plans for the rebuilding job at Sheffield Wednesday. He’s already working hard behind the scenes to try and get everything in place as he’d like, and any early business they can complete will be a bonus and a sign that things are changing at the club.