Jose Semedo believes under-fire boss Dave Jones is the right man to lead Sheffield Wednesday to safety, insisting: “We are 100 per cent behind him”.
Despite growing pressure to dispense with the 57-year-old’s services, Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has insisted that Jones will be in charge this weekend as Wednesday look for only their second win of the season at Blackpool.
That game, against Paul Ince’s fourth-placed side, kickstarts a tough run of games which sees Wednesday face Leicester, Nottingham Forest, Watford and Wigan.
But Semedo, who was handed an instant recall after suspension for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town, believes Jones is still the right man for the job.
“We’re all still 100 per cent behind the boss,” Semedo told the Telegraph.
“He is still the right man to lead us. He delivered us promotion, and he has experience of a lot of different situations.
“We still believe in the manager and all the staff, and in return they have a lot of belief in us. That is what we need.
“Our poor start has had nothing to do with the manager, and we’re not far away from delivering the consistency we need to stay in this league.”
Wednesday remain rooted in the Championship’s bottom three, and there appears little hope of improving their predicament against the likes of second-placed Leicester and Forest, who sit in fifth.
But Semedo believes the Owls can take heart from their only win of the season to date - a 5-2 hammering of promotion-chasing Reading.
“Nobody gave us a chance in that game because Reading have just been relegated from the Premier League, and we were at the bottom,” the Portuguese added.
“But look what happened. We showed what could happen with a bit of belief.
“You could see the weight lift off our shoulders when we beat Reading - the feeling was like seeing your baby being born again!
“Whether you have won your last ten games, or lost your last ten, it is always a special feeling to win, and it was good to feel that sensation again and see some smiles at the training ground.
“Hopefully, we can get that feeling back at the weekend and kick on from there.”
“All games are tough in this division,” the 28-year-old added.
“At the start of the season, you can probably pick one or two teams who are title favourites, but everyone else is there to be shot at.
“Whether we’re away at Forest or Leicester or at home to Yeovil or Millwall, they’re all tough but, although it is a cliche, anyone can beat anyone in this league.”
To do so, however, Wednesday will have to increase their goal output, having netted just once since the 5-2 win over Reading.
They scored more goals in that game than they mustered during the entire month of October, and much responsibility will fall upon the shoulders of loan duo Connor Wickham and Matty Fryatt.
“Connor and Matty are top players,” Semedo continued.
“They are hungry to score goals; it’s great to see, and we have seen that they are capable of doing just that.
“You can’t underestimate the importance of good strikers - at the end of the day, they are the ones who put the ball in the back of the net and, hopefully, send the fans home happy.”
Saturday’s game against Huddersfield was only Semedo’s eighth appearance of the season, but the former Charlton man remains as committed to the Wednesday cause as ever since arriving in 2011.
“I haven’t even thought about another club - I cannot see my body in anything but blue and white,” he said.
“I am proud to be a part of the Sheffield Wednesday family, and I have the belief that I can still be a Sheffield Wednesday player.
“I am working hard every day to make sure that remains the case.”