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Mandaric Pledges Support To Irvine

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has made a pledge to back boss Alan Irvine in the January transfer window as Wednesday aim to achieve promotion this season.

Mandaric's takeover of the club last month has already helped to bring Plymouth Argyle's highly-rated defender Reda Johnson to Hillsborough for an undisclosed fee.

And Mandaric is 'working extremely hard' to recruit players identified by Irvine to bolster the Owls squad for a promotion push.

'Sheffield Wednesday is a big club entering into a new era and it is our intention to deliver promotion this year,' he said.

'Of course, I understand that we will be linked with a lot of players in January because of that.

'We are only interested in the players who have the right amount of talent and desire to play for this great club. Everyone involved with Sheffield Wednesday recognises the need for new players because although we have a good squad, it is still only a small squad.

'But it is not only money you need to succeed in the transfer market today. You need a good manager and patience and determination to bring the right calibre of player to the club. We have that here and I can assure our fans that we are working very hard to bring these players to Sheffield Wednesday.

'We are in the top six right now and it is vital that we build on that position if we are to start next season as a Championship club.'

Mandaric's comments seem to thwart any thoughts of Irvine losing his job this month, in a similar manner to Phil Parkinson at Charlton Athletic.

Leicester City defender Michael Morrison is set to follow Johnson to Hillsborough, while the Owls are expected to be linked with a number of other players throughout January.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 5 2011

Time: 11:33AM

Your Comments

Those who want Irvine out may not like this but for me it's a good thing. It means we have stability for atleast the nexxt 5 months and Mandaric is ambitious enough to back the club in the transfer market. Nice to be spending money on players again. All we can do now is back all the players and staff and have one big push from now until May!!
chapowl
i don't want irvine out, i am pleased mandaric is backing him and hopefully the new signings will prove to make the difference. although we haven't conceeded many goals (exeter game apart) I don't think our defence is strong enough hence why our midfielders play conservatively. if our defence can be relyed upon more then in theory perhaps we will push forward more and start making the opposition defend and worry about us for a change
Hirsty's Shinpads
to be honest i think he's had enough time, but im happy to give him the rest of the season now he can bring in players he actually wants. promotion or out at the end of the season.....simples.
DEZZYP
I put the same point of view on football rumours page Hirstys, we seem to lack confidence going forward as though worried about the back.A good ball player in the middle, another center back and why not another forward for good measure now weve got some money. UNLIKE OUR PORCINE FRIENDS LOL
INOUTFLS
Its just like a breath of fresh air. Its not going to be plain sailing and there is always a chance it automatic promotion might be asking too much this season. However, with this bloke in charge you can be certain that it will come, sooner rather than later. If AI is doing the right job, and more importantly being seen to be doing the right job, and MM is happy with him, then how can we not be. MM does not suffer fools and from the little I have seen from him, he chucks his whole effort into the job. Up the Owls.
fed_up_owl
We never replaced Tudgay, so I would have thought another striker would be a priority, plus a good ball winner/holder in the middle on top of two defenders. Anything more would just be gravy. Just one thought..... could this be the dreaded "vote of confidence" for AI?
US OWL
I have stayed out of the debates calling for AI to be sacked because I haven't agreed and was sure I would be pounced on (whimp). Never the less, I think it is a good thing he is staying, at least until the end of the season. If we don't get promoted then I think it is right to let him go, particularly after he spends money bringing players he thinks can do the job in the transfer market. For too long, there has been a culture of sacking the manager as soon as things don't turn out as expected and I can't see it will get us anywhere right now. AI has had a tough job until now and I do agree that his style of football has been less than impressive too often and our league position should be better but I don't think that simply sacking him is the answer. We need continuity and stability now and this is the same manager that guided preston to the play-offs not too long ago. I say let's where we end up this season and judge him then. Owls fans have been patient for as long as I remember, a little longer won't make much difference now.
baldowl
Why replace Tudgay, he is esily Champiioship standard, why not bring him back
Radon Barrier
I thought we had all this new technology at Hillsborough that helped find any player in the world that would be suitable,transfer listed etc etc,wots happened to that??????????????
ollyowl70
i agree if he doesn't get us up no matter how close then out in the summer but the guy deserves a full season.
Hirsty's Shinpads
ollyowl70, you talking about fottie manager?
ozzietheowl
AI has been a solid manager but not spectacular,with the money worries at the club im not suprised,he now has a month to sort out the squad and then another couple to make them into a winning team,im a big fan of his but with MM track record of sacking managers i wouldn't be at all suprised to see him go if he doesnt start winning consistantly
eire owl
bring in a continental flair player. i miss those days. go and have a look around Argentina or somewhere like that. you're bound to find an unearthed gem there.
Carbone's Padawan
pablo bonvin
ozzietheowl
lol
Carbone's Padawan
 

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