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Irvine Stays On In S6 - For Now

Alan Irvine will remain as manager of Wednesday after receiving the backing of chairman Milan Mandaric today.

Wednesdayites have been calling for the sacking of Irvine following a 4-0 defeat at lowly Leyton Orient on Saturday which saw the Owls slump to 12th in npower League One.

It was Wednesday's fourth away league defeat on the spin and casts doubt over their prospects of promotion back to the Championship this season.

But, following a hoax e-mail last night which claimed Irvine had been sacked as Owls boss, the Owls chairman has backed Irvine.

'This is a difficult time for results but at the same time we all have to not panic,' he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

'We have a crucial game tomorrow night so we've got to get behind the players and the manager and give him a chance.'

Mandaric famously backed Paulo Sousa just days before his sacking as Leicester City boss early this season.

And the pressure will be firmly on Irvine to get maximum points from tomorrow night's clash with Yeovil Town at Hillsborough, and for the Owls to put in a performance to prove the team can turn their fortunes around this season.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 24 2011

Time: 4:49PM

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dreaded vote of confidence BYE BYE AI
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24/01/2011 16:59:00

I give him a month
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24/01/2011 16:59:00

Chris Hughton, Martin O'Neill and Roy Hodgson are all available.
another irish owl
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24/01/2011 17:03:00

ha martin o'neill - if only - he dint fancy sullivan and gold at west ham why would he fancy milan and league 1? would be brilliant manager but can't see it...
Patrick Blondeau
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24/01/2011 17:09:00

Person I reckon
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24/01/2011 17:17:00

Pearson or hughton I reckon
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24/01/2011 17:18:00

number 1 is roland nilsson
Patrick Blondeau
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24/01/2011 17:21:00

I think he won't be in charge until end of season.. we may well win tomorrow and Sat but then we will get thumped away at Peterborough. Nothing will change whilst he's in charge. Think the writing is firmly written on the wall. Not in top 4-6 end of month he will be gone.
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24/01/2011 17:26:00

I mean in a months time end of month even for us supporters may be a little ambitious.
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24/01/2011 17:27:00

We need a change of form quickly or we'll have a mountain to climb to make the top 2 or even the play-off's. I thought he made promising signings. Yet we're still getting thumped. It's not good enough if we're going to go up this season. If someone else comes in they need time to bring their own stamp on to the team. The longer we keep faith with Alan, the more likely it will become that we will start next season in the same division. Even with money, Alan Irvine isn't up to the task. O'Niell would be ideal. Though I doubt he'd come to a League 1 side.
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24/01/2011 17:41:00

here you go MILAN- reliable taxi-2393939
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24/01/2011 17:58:00

Absolutely no chance of getting O'Neill or Hodgson!! Hughton might be possible, looking at mandarics record he doesnt really seem the type to have a punt so would be looking at someone established. Sheridan would be ideal if we could tempt him but he's going pretty well with chesterfield. Irvine will be gone soon, we don't look capble of winning 7 out of 10 or anything like that, we need a strong consistent run but we wont get it with him in charge, too negative and doesnt know his best side.
north stand owl
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24/01/2011 18:00:00

Sherridan, Hirst Palmer And Waddle What a management team and not a coaching badge in sight Imagine what they would get out of this squad !!!!!!
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24/01/2011 19:33:00

i want to see who we bring in before the end of the transfer window before I make judgement. i always defended Alan but some of these results are unacceptable and as defeatist as it sounds, I still believe our season is now as good as over. we need to build a strong squad capable of completely blitzing the division next season.
Carbone's Padawan
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24/01/2011 19:43:00

If MM is backing Irvine for now then the least we can all do is get behind the club (if not the manager) so that we are all doing what we can do help. You don't have to be a detective to realise that behind the scenes MM is seriously looking for his own man to manage the club but until that day comes we must continue to support what's in front of us. Pearson and Nilsson would require compensation and not sure that's necessary because Hughton sounds like a good bet from what I've read?!
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24/01/2011 20:57:00

It is time for the moaners at SWFC to shut up and start to support the Club, the Team and the Manager. AI has had to 'make do' with the cast offs from other clubs to try and build a side. How many can be successful operating like that? We have a chance to start and rebuild this club now that we have a manager who can actually buy players. The problem is that these new players then have to have time to gel together. Unfortunately the one man who could help do this has now gone - a victim of the 'Boo Boys' who take great delight in picking on somebody within the club. The Chairman has said that he is backing the Manager. Now get off his back and give the man the support he deserves. I remember Alex Ferguson being in exactly in this sort of position at Man Utd. The rest of that is history. Now is the time to get behind the side tomorrow night and show that you are real supporters!
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24/01/2011 21:57:00

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24/01/2011 22:40:00

No need owlswfc...... Even if you do strongly feel that Mr Irvine should leave his position as manager, you shouldn't use abusive and offensive language on this family website. I agree with Sivadam in that, while Mr Irvine is the manager of SWFC, we should get behind him and the team. That is what being a supporter is all about. I don't know if he is the right man for the job and too feel angered by the severe lack of results but hey, thats football and through thick and thin we follow our team. WTID UTO.
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24/01/2011 22:59:00

I have to admit that I've been back and forth on the subject. On the one hand I fear that Wednesday will be perceived as unmanageable if we sack another boss and take in the view about having patience and playing the long game. Give him time and he'll get there in the end. As Sivadam put Ferie did. After all the club has hardly been a shining example of stability over the last 12 months, perhaps we should wait and see? Then again AI has been in the job for a year and his record is hardly sparkling. Yes last season they were BL's players that Irvine had to work with so that excuse does hold water. That's not the case this season though. From the outset it has been an almost wholy brand new squad, no money spent before January but a wage budget that would cripple most clubs in the division (and almost did us: thank you MM). Since January two high earners/debatable performers have left and the money raised has helped bring in 4 new players so far (MM has also stumped up some cash). These players look promising but haven't had time to bed in yet. Still performances haven't improved and two games (Exeter & Orient) were unforgiveable. But we are in the 4th round of the cup with an excellent chance of progressing to the 5th. But even when we win I don't see any real style in our play, I don't look forward to games, our football doesn't feed my soul. Will any of the current team linger in the memory alongside the names of old? It would be unfair to contrast and compare them with the glorious team of the early 90's but how about the last team that got us out of the Third Division that day in Cardiff? Of course there had been a great deal of work just to get to Cardiff, our finest spell coming with the strike partnership of Kenwynne Jones and Steve Maclean. After Kenwynne left we were never quite the same and struggled into the playoffs from a once commanding position. Then again in the play-offs we were great against Brentford and after giving me a heart attack against Hartelepool I also have some of the most joyous memories from the same game; JP scoring and celebrating, Bullen just taking in the occasion, Macca showing real guts to walk on the field for the first time since breaking his leg and scoring that penalty with virtually his first touch, Drew scoring a goal that reminded me of David Hirst. That's what the current side have to measure up to. Are they doing it? Not so far. Can they turn things around? I would like to think so BUT it all seems so familiar at the moment. Irvine sounds just as lost as both BL and KPS when they each lost the plot and turned on the players. Can he turn it around? At the moment I don't think so. Prove me wrong Mr Irvine. Who would come in? Well if it goes that far just remember that SWFC is a much different proposition than it was in the past. Now our club not only has massive potential as a sleeping giant but is free of debt with an ambitious chairman who seeks to propel the club forward in order to maximise his investment. I don't think there will be a lack of applicants should a vacancy appear. It's up to MM as to who he wants and how he wishes to propel the club forward. UTO!
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24/01/2011 23:18:00

It's a results business, AI knows like every manager up and down the land that if results are poor there's a good chance of fans wanting them out which puts pressure on the chairman to act. If results continue to be poor over the next month then I think MM will have to act but I hope AI gets time for the new boys to gel, players he has identified and wanted to sign opposed to freebies no one else wanted and that were largely past their best. MM has previously commented on how hard AI works and how thorough he is, not the only qualities a good manager needs but all the time MM is backing him and he is SWFC manager I'll support him, any more results like Saturday though will really test my patience!!
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24/01/2011 23:45:00

I say get rid of him now, he's had time,he took us down, now 12th in poor division, sorry but in my mind we don't have a manager at this present time, i'm not one to boo at any game and never have done, i'll support the team as i always do every home game and some away, but don't ask me to support him.
ecco owl
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Oh! doom and gloom! Ok we lost a game of footy 4-0 with one being a bit of bad luck - the hand ball - another seeming to go over the goalies hands. whoops! and two others being very poor defending at two other free kicks. We seem a bit up and down with performances and we need some consistency but it is not going to happen just like that wen new players come in. It's not. Personally - as perhaps you can tell - I'm still pretty upbeat about the whole situation. Might not be great just now but we are on the up for sure. Stick with the manager. Give him some advice even to keep him on his toes :) but support him and the team through the next few games and see if it doesnt improve!
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25/01/2011 14:33:00

I think that as a fan all we can do is get behind the manager and the team. They're struggling at the moment and we're supposed to be there to support them. It's the only way we can help to turn things around. Like others have said, results are not good at the moment and the style of play has been pretty hard to watch, but there's no magic wand that will suddenly make us invincible and steamroll this division, and I think that any manager coming in at the moment will be stuck with a huge level of expectation. Attracting a decent manager to this club will not be hard at the moment but what happens when he starts losing games or performances aren't great? Mandaric is a dream come true and we need to believe in him and his dream for this club. While he backs AI, so will I, and I'll back the next manager he brings in, through thick and thin, untill Mandaric says otherwise. It was a long and hard road from the Premiership to where we are today and it will be exactly the same trying to find our way back.
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25/01/2011 19:46:00

I`ve been a Wednesday supporter for over 50yrs and if you think these are bad you should have seen them when david pleat was in charge they were dire in them days so lets not jump into calling for anyones head yet ,with the new players comming in it will be like starting a new job you have to adjust to the way we play as to how thier old teams played so give them some support and not get on thier backs as that will not give them any confidence `COME ON YOU BLUES `
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26/01/2011 19:13:00


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