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Mandaric Targets Top Flight With Owls

Mandaric Targets Top Flight With Owls

Ambitious Milan Mandaric has targeted a Barclays Premier League return with Wednesday, and is hoping to do it within the next four years.

The former Leicester City chairman will take up his new position at new owner of the Owls in an official capacity on Wednesday, December 15, and will attend his first match next Saturday when Wednesday host Bristol Rovers.

But, although the Owls still have plenty of work to do to just get out of npower League One this season, the Serbian-American businessman has high ambitions at Hillsborough, with a return to the top flight in sight.

'I want to be the owner and chairman of a Premier League club again, and I shall not be leaving England until I have achieved that aim,' he told SkySports.com.

'I am not taking over Sheffield Wednesday as a hobby. This is a cruel and serious business.

'If you do it right you get your rewards, but if you do it wrong you get punished.

'The first priority is to get out of League One and once we have done that we aim for the Premier League.'

Mandaric's calls bear similarities to former boss Chris Turner's statement that he planned to get the Owls into Europe within five years when he took over at S6 years ago.

But where Turner failed, Wednesdayites are expected to have more faith in Mandaric, who helped guide and keep Portsmouth in the Premier League,and who left Leicester City in a position to do the same under Sven Goran Eriksson.

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Writer:Nick
Date:Sunday December 5 2010
Time: 4:03PM

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interesting. i see on Owlstalk everybody is calling for Irvine's head. I'm not sure that's fair in my opinion. what does everybody else think? do you like Irvine as Manager? Do you think he should go? do you think Mandaric will bin him anyway?
Carbone's Padawan
05/12/2010 16:20:00
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Let's hope Manderic's right. Just one thinig Nick, we play Bristol Rovers next week. not Bristol City.
CLIFFANDJ
05/12/2010 16:58:00
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dont think irvine is that bad a manager but some of his decision's baffle me we proberly should'nt have lost yesterday but one defeat in six aint bad goin
retfordowl1867
05/12/2010 17:58:00
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Well i think you know my opinion Carbone's Padawan, he should have been sacked after the C. Palace game, but i was willing to give him a chance after the half decent signings he made, but to be honest his style of football sends you to sleep, he seems to have his favourites, and obviously Heffernan is'nt one of them, i have missed 4 away games all season, so i've seen quite a lot of the team to have an opinion but you would'nt think so to listen to Hirst's Shinpads, i just think now is the right time to make the change, now Milan has took charge, because to be honest we should'nt be lossing to the likes of Brentford, Carlisle(twice),Plymouth and Swindon. Milan says he wants us back in the premiership in 4 years so make it now before its too late.
ecco owl
05/12/2010 18:08:00
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Cheers Cliff - wishful thinking eh?
nickswfc
05/12/2010 18:40:00
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I'm just wondering who would be the one to replace him? I'm not sure what to think about this Carbone's Padawan. I haven't known a manager NOT to baffle me in some time, and I'm wondering who we could attract in League One that would be better (being out of the country I'm probably out of the loop on that matter). There is something to be said for consistency while in mid-stream... but if that's at the cost of winning, it's no good. I agree with retfordowl that he's not a bad manager, so am wondering if the devil you know doesn't apply for the moment.
Colorado Owl
05/12/2010 21:47:00
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too often I hear that we need to sack the manager. the usual argument is that they are tactically inept. The upshot is that we do not always agree with the tactics that they employ. ecco i do agree that his style of play is pretty boring but this isn't really a surprise given that he his trying to keep it tight. regardless of anything else we are in 4th place and in a position to really push on. i would much rather be watching us relentlessly attack teams but we've had managers who've done that before and still got sacked. on the heffernan issue I can't get my head round it either ecco, Irvine signed him so why isn't he in favour? very strange, I would have played him from the start. i think there is a fair chance mm will get rid of him but I have no idea who we could get who would make everyone happy. bear in mind that if we do replace irvine the new guy will have to hit the ground running or it will be a pointless exercise. an opinion is one thing but calling for a guy to be sacked is another
Hirsty's Shinpads
05/12/2010 23:01:00
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Im happy to give him until the end of january to sort out this inconsistency. We have lost over a third of our games, 7 out of 19. lets face it,with the squad he managed to put together most thought we would only lose a handfull all season never mind 7 before xmas. but the way its going isnt good enough to barely scrape into the play offs. its fair enough saying we are 4th but after the next round of games we could be mid-table. But, like i said before, im happy to give him another couple of months, gives him enough time to improve yet leaves enough for a new manager should he fail to improve.
DEZZYP
06/12/2010 09:47:00
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think i agree with you dezzy. i still take my hat off to irvine for putting the squad together like he did with zero money. but yes, we should be performing better really. I've always defended Irvine but some of his decision of late have been nothing short of weird.
Carbone's Padawan
06/12/2010 12:24:00
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Success doesn't come to clubs that change their manager every year or so, I'd like to see Irvine given a fair crack of the whip under MM although he isn't known for having too much patience with under performing managers. Hopefully we can do some business in January and really kick on in the 2nd half of the season, we're in a good position after all.
sussexowl
06/12/2010 13:01:00
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