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Something For The Weekend?

We've seen countless deadlines for Geoff Sheard's proposed takeover of the Owls come and go - so can his latest one finally see a new dawn at Hillsborough?

The Lancashire businessman has told the Yorkshire Post today that a deal to finally complete his takeover at S6 could well be complete in days, and that he hopes for it all to be done and dusted by the weekend.

This, despite saying that he didn't want to set any further deadlines after previous one's haven't been met - so could this be the real deal this time?

Thousands of Owls fans will be hoping so - hopeful for a new start for Wednesday, grateful that all the talk, all the speculation, all the rumour, and all the press, can finally be put to bed and the club can finally start to move forwards.

'It's a matter of days away - I'm hoping we're done this week,' he said in today's Yorkshire Post.

And former Chairman Dave Allen confirmed his hopes, saying: 'He phoned me to say the funds were in place - which I'm pleased about - and it was hoped to do the deal by the end of the week.'

Sheard had already previously overcome the hurdle of purchasing the shares of the former Owls chairman, as well as fans' group Wednesdayite, and met with former director Keith Addy and current board member Geoff Hulley this week to conclude deals with the duo.

So there could be a fresh start at S6 just in time for the Owls' next home game against Watford a week on Saturday - here's hoping, and keeping everything, yes everything, firmly crossed...

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Writer:Nick
Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
Time: 11:07AM

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Comments

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Thought he was no longer setting time scales...Perhaps it is really happening this time.
aball2112
03/09/2008 11:19:00
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let's get that player shopping list sorted then...
south_owl
03/09/2008 11:47:00
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I was once hopeful but as the article says we've seen so many of these deadlines come and go that I'll now only believe it when I see it. Interesting that the transfer deadline has gone though.
robc
03/09/2008 11:48:00
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Ha Ha!!
swfcjambo
03/09/2008 11:52:00
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(sorry, could'nt think of anything else to say, other than we're one big joke at present!!. 8 months for a takeover!!)
swfcjambo
03/09/2008 11:53:00
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This was posted by EireOwl but it makes perfect sense to me. Don't get too excited, its just a theory a friend of mine has. She's not a Wednesday supporter, but she does know an awful lot about this sort of thing. She says that its to do with news cycles and financial year. I can't explain the financial year bit cos I really don't understand it, but the news cycle thing is interesting. Had the deal gone through during the summer or prior to deadline day, its big news. It remains big news because everybody presumes that we will spend big. That drives prices up, thats not what we want. So, you play the "long game", protract the deal. It gives the impression of negotiation, rather than coming in all guns blazing and money no object. If handled right, it barely makes an impression on the news cycles, especially the national media. Next window is January, news cycle has moved on, people forget. The only thing that is fresh in the mind about Wednesday is that they made a couple of loan dealings. The impression is that we are still scrimping around for cash. Prices stay down, expectations drop and you build. When the blocks are in place, you hit the market hard, make surprise signings that no-one believes we were capable of and you get a running jump. These guys are remaining in the background for a reason, which is they don't want to draw the attention. They are fronted by a guy who is obviously shrewd, but doesn't appear to be a massive money man. She gave me several examples of this method being used in big business and politics, and some of the examples would surprise you (classified fellas). These guys are business men, its about degrees of risk and decreasing that risk. Do you see how everyone has become bored with the whole saga? It doesn't make the national media news cycles anymore, its only reported locally . Even we aren't sure what amount of money will be available over the next few months. Be under no illusion people, you do not take on a business concern that is twenty million in debt unless you have the means and smarts to turn it around. My friend doesn't even follow football, but she spotted this pattern almost immediately just by watching the developments.
Skeggy Owl
03/09/2008 11:54:00
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I hope you're right Skeggy, it's a very interesting argument at the very least.
robc
03/09/2008 12:29:00
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BREAKING NEWS!!!!! Today at 0930 GMT Mr Geoff Sheard announced that he had found a family of legendary 'Big Foot' living on parsons cross with their pet horse Shergar. It is hoped that they will be unveiled to the Worlds' media at a press conferance to be held in 'The Ball' car park at some stage in the next few days.
greeny9
03/09/2008 12:32:00
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NEWS UPDATE. Mr Sheard has delayed revealing his 'Big Foot' discovery, as unfortunately they have gone to Loch Ness to visit their close friend Nessie. But he hopes to have more news early next week
greeny9
03/09/2008 12:41:00
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Be gone you non believer.
Skeggy Owl
03/09/2008 12:46:00
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