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Feeney - A Win-Win Situation

Warren Feeney's arrival at Wednesday on loan this week hasn't exactly been met by a wave of enthusiasm from Owls fans - here's my take on it...

First thing's first - it wasn't the signing I was looking for to bolster our squad, he isn't the man I'd choose to turn things around, and his arrival didn't exactly excite me when I heard it.

But that's as far as my reaction went.

You might think, by looking at some fans' reactions, that we'd brought Kim Olsen back to S6, or even gone as far as giving Neil Warnock a crack as a striker in these desperate times.

It wasn't the most popular signing we've ever seen come through the doors at Hillsborough.

But after letting the dust settle, and preparing for the Northern Irish international to be part of Saturday's squad for the visit of West Brom, I'm actually looking forward to seeing the impact that he'll make in the blue and white stripes.

It's a bit of a win-win situation in that people are expecting little, if anything, from the Cardiff City man during his one-month loan stint at S6.

There's a saying that if you expect nothing then you won't be disappointed.

Actually, I'm not sure if that is a saying or if I've just made that up, but it's a good one in this instance nevertheless!

The fact is, the majority of Wednesdayites are expecting nothing from Feeney.

So should he bag a couple of goals and put in some half decent appearances, his time here could well be deemed a success.

Not only that, but if his presence here gives Tudgay, Varney, Clarke and Jeffers a kick up the backside, then that will be another success.

The finances here dominate who Brian Laws can, and can not, bring in to bolster his squad, and I'm guessing Feeney was little in the way of wages - another positive.

But I guess the real reason that some folk are up in arms is the promise of the Premier League striker that was set to come in, before collapsing and turning our attentions to Feeney.

That's Brian Laws, and the club's fault, for coming out and building our hopes up of a top-class Premier League hitman, not Feeney's.

I don't know if Warren reads message boards - many footballers do - but the reaction from Wednesday fans could work in a number of ways.

Obviously, it's never nice for a player not to be welcomed at a new club - that could be a negative - but it'll also lift any weight of expectation off his shoulders, and he could well revel in his current position.

One thing's for certain, 100 per cent of Wednesdayites at Hillsborough tomorrow need to get behind this lad, whether he starts, or whether he's a substitute.

He's come here to help us get out of out current poor position, and I for one am keeping everything crossed that he does just that and proves his doubters wrong.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 27 2009

Time: 11:08AM

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Win-win......????? I've read your article but can't see how it's a win-win scenario. If Feeney succeeds, scores goals and becomes a hit, then Brian Laws will be hailed as a genius, I'll be apologising, and that will be a win scenario. Your argument for the second win scenario seems to be that since we expect nothing, if Feeney provides nothing then at least we won't be disappointed. Hardly a winning scenario. Unless like our manager you are engaged in redefining the term win. You do make a couple of good points though. Firstly, you're quite right, it's not the player's fault that expectations were raised. I have to confess that I was far from over-enthusiastic at taking young players on loan if we have no chance of signing them (which would appear to be the case with the two Arsenal kids). Secondly, yu sk how the player will react if he reads the message boards. Well the Vital Cardiff line ran Feeney ends Cardiff hell. At least he'll know, if he has read the boards, that he won't be welcomed like a new messiah and will have to work in order to earn the fans support (no bad thing). Either way I'll try to give him a fair chance but, I fear, if things don't improve, Mr Feeney may start looking back at Cardiff as the good old times. Sorry to sound all doom and gloom. Hope we win on Saturday, hope I have to apologise to BL for the things I've written. C'mon Wednesday!
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27/11/2009 11:45:00

that should have been you ask....once again sorry about that
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27/11/2009 11:47:00

Cheers rob, I take your point, maybe the headline could have been a better one. Agree, could well be a masterstroke by Laws and there could be a lot of people apologising. Let's hope they are!
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27/11/2009 12:06:00

I hope I'm one of the many who will need to apologize!!
US Owl
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27/11/2009 13:09:00

Not sure I said it could be a masterstroke in a positive light but anything could happen. It's all about the wait and see time now.
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27/11/2009 13:14:00

i cant see it whatsoever. hes just not good enough. full stop
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27/11/2009 14:34:00

I'd love you to be right I really would, but I can't see him doing anything
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27/11/2009 16:07:00

Well, I am afriad it goes back to the very point he was loaned to he cant get near the Cardiff team in the Championship why are we having him?? I thought he was in League one/Two to be honest. Good old Laws its not the first time hes come out and raved about a Prem striker or an exicting striker.. Remember Kluivert couple yrs ago he didnt even need to say it. Just tries to cause hype in my opinion. From what I've seen already definalty relegation candiates.
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27/11/2009 16:36:00


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