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Owls Chairman Confronts Protestors

Owls Chairman Confronts Protestors

Wednesday chairman Howard Wilkinson confronted a group of Wednesdayites protesting at the current state of affairs at Hillsborough during Saturday's defeat against Southampton.

Wilkinson and chief executive Nick Parker left the stands to meet the protestors as Wednesday slipped to a fourth defeat on the spin in League One to send them down to 14th in the table.

The protest, which we understand wasn't pre-planned, questioned the current running of the club and the financial troubles Wednesday find themselves in.

It's understood the protest started 20 minutes into the second half and lasted until after the final whistle, when more fans gathered following the end of the match.

And it probably won't be the last time Wilkinson has to face angry Wednesday fans, with the Owls looking for better fortunes against Oldham Athletic on home soil on Tuesday night.

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Date:Monday September 27 2010
Time: 10:07AM


I know everyone is having a rough time at present.We are f*****d off and wanting investment.But a man can only take so much and if Howard or Nick walk we are finished.What we must remember is that they are picking up the mess left over years of bad managment and not since the start of the season.Lets get behind them because if they walk (WHO IS GONNA BAIL US OUT). I LOVE MY WEDNESDAY but if we dont pull together were finished.
27/09/2010 11:10:00
Well said garymo. I would not fancy having to stand there and listen to all the crap that people are throwing in his direction if I were him. Having said that a big part of me believes that we will not move forward until we go through the pain of administration. The sooner the better for me. Hillsborough is a desperate place right now and I can't pretned to be looking forward to tomorrow too much, but we keep the faith and hope for better.
27/09/2010 11:15:00
Howard Wilkinson is big enough to take it. He may not have known what he was taking on to start with, but he elected to stay on. Nick Parker is a well paid employee, and it is his job to sort the crap left by others. I would be looking at Greirson and Ulley to resign without further delay. Wilkinson gave an interveiw to radio Sheffield before the game where he made it quite clear that the co-op bank are firmly in control. He and Parkers role is to "facilitate" the investors to move forward. The bank will chose who the investors will be. There isnt a role for the current board, they have been completely sidelined by the bank. On a football note, I am truly sick of a lack of commitment by several so called key players. Time to give the youth a chance. Alan Irvine talks of mental toughness. What about fitness, skill, ability and passion. I think he could well be out after tomorrow if we do not win.
27/09/2010 11:47:00
I could not agree more. We are all very frustrated but the faults behind all this go back years. On a match note, am I the only one who thinks this as teams prepare to play us? Good stikers - need to starve them of the ball so the best they can do is the odd back header from Tugay Reasonable defensive and good goalkeeper - need to make our chances over the course of the game and one will go in How do we do this? By dominating the midfield. Lets make sure we make and win plenty of tackles in the midfield and push Wendesday off the ball. They have only lightwieghts and midfielders who can't tackle in their midfield. Simples!!!!!! Come on AI - put some steel into our midfield!!!
27/09/2010 12:09:00
great statement Howard "How close are we to investment? We're that close. But it's like those miners in Chile. They're told they're going to get out in November, but they won't believe that until they climb out and see the sun in the sky." well almost true we sliding down to the bottoms of the pit that is lge 1 we feel that are shafts are being drilled kept in the dark and like the seam the team have caved in but yeh i see your point howard.
27/09/2010 15:39:00
whats the point in having a strong midfield when we just hooof mit
27/09/2010 15:39:00
If the team were performing on the pitch, Howard would not have been forced into making that appearance on Saturday. It makes me sick that some fans cannot vent their legitimate concerns without resorting to abuse. The one fan who cited the players' cars was making a good point (though in an idiotic way). When fans who are not wealthy see players flaunting their affluence whilst the club struggles for money it tends to rile. Add to this the current performances and the impression that the players do not care or are not earning their pay then it does more than just rile the fans. I know that Wednesday are not the biggest payers in football but the current budget is competitive in League One. What is not competitive is our present form. Howard said that if just 3,000 fans walked away from the club then the finances would reach breaking point. If Wednesday do not improve the performances on the pitch the prospect of falling attendences will become very real. Perhaps, since Alan Irvine is struggling to motivate his players and appears to be at a loss, our boss could suggest that the players try a week of walking in the shoes of the fans for a change. Instead of arriving in the cars that so riled that one fan, maybe our boys should try taking the bus. That way they just might see, talk to and understand the people they are playing for. Either that or Howard should suggest a return to the cross country courses his players had to suffer. I know that the first of these suggestions isn't practical before anyone starts but the gulf between the players and fans is now ridiculous. Whatever happens off the pitch I have not the slightest doubt that HW is working for the good of the club. AI could improve things for his chairman by winning on the pitch.
27/09/2010 16:15:00
The fact is that its not all down to the midfield. With the team that we have, even if it isn't the best midfield in the land, we should not be losing four games on the trot in league 1. This is turning out to be a repeat of last season, even with a lot of new players and a manager starting the season. I don't know if its just a lack of desire from the players or a lack of inspiration from the manager but we're more likely going to be fighting relegation, just like last season, than we are chasing promotion, if this is all we have to offer. I like AI and I believe that we shouldn't just get rid of him as soon as things get bad but it will be hard to keep backing him when we have lost 5 or 6 on the trot, including home games. Something's got to change fast and I just hope AI knows what that is. The debt, the board and the potential investment issue is all beyond a joke but I still don't think that the manager or the players can hide behind any of that. They should all be better than the results that they are getting at the moment.
27/09/2010 16:27:00
For the first time im actually starting to think we arent that big a club. big clubs don't yo-yo between the championship and league 1, and its not for the first time in our history. compared to leeds, norwich and man city(and theres probably more) our attendences arent that great. god knows where our money has gone.even in the prem years we never broke the bank for anybody. i think im right in saying weve never spent more that £3 million on a player (di canio was £3 mill + regi blinker). i dont know if its just because im very negative about the club at the moment or realisation has just set in. either way, it would be nice to get new owners and see if we do actually have "potential".
27/09/2010 16:53:00
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