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Wilko Steps Down From Owls Board

Howard Wilkinson has stepped down from his position on the club's board, it has been confirmed this afternoon.

Wilkinson has announced his departure on the official club website today, stating that his work in helping the club find a new owner, and see over their transition, has come to an end.

Wilkinson told the official SWFC website: "When I took on the role as chairman of Sheffield Wednesday in May 2010, I did so on the agreement and understanding that I would remain in the role only until we secured a buyer for the club and until the subsequent transmission of ownership had been effectively and smoothly completed.

"I now feel that we have achieved the twin objectives of finding a new owner and successfully managing that transition. I will of course continue to assist the club I have played for, managed, chaired and supported in its efforts to re-establish itself as a major player in English football."

The former Owls boss took the role of club chairman in May 2010 following the departure of Lee Strafford, but has always insisted that his stay at S6 would be a temporary one, in the board room at least.

His main aim was to help the club avoid administration and find a new buyer, which he did successfully alongside Nick Parker.

And following the sale of the club to Milan Mandaric last month, Wilkinson has decided the time is right to step down from his position on the board.

Wilkinson says he will still 'continue to assist' the club in any way he can, and Wilko will no doubt continue to attend matches at Hillsborough.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 31 2011

Time: 2:15PM

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Champion bloke. thanks for all your help Howard.
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31/01/2011 14:20:00

cheers howard, immortalised now as the man who helped save our club.
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31/01/2011 14:25:00

Cheers Wilko, Top man
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31/01/2011 14:30:00

There's only AI left from the "old" regime now...
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31/01/2011 14:41:00

thankyou wilko - long live the new king milan! irvine must be biting his fingernails now.....
Patrick Blondeau
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31/01/2011 14:44:00

forever in debt to Howard - if it wasn't for him, we'd have been history. simple. it's not just MM that saved us, it was Howard and Nick too. Cheers guys, can't thank you enough.
Carbone's Padawan
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31/01/2011 14:56:00

Fantastic manager for us in his day and all round top bloke! The stick that he personally endured throughout the takeover talk was not warranted and a weaker man would have just walked away sooner. I tip my hat to you Howard and wish you the very best in whatatever you do now.
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31/01/2011 14:59:00

Took some crap, from me included at times, but a big thankyou and goodluck with whatever you do!
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31/01/2011 15:04:00

We should have a statue of Howard outside Hillsborough, top bloke, thanks for everything you've done for this club, just a shame your not up to taking the managers roll back on.
ecco owl
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31/01/2011 15:18:00

I would imagine a statue of HW wouldn't be too much of a challenge to statue makers, his face and jaw line is quite angular!! Thanks HW for all your efforts and all the sleepless nights you must have had over the last year, despite copping some unwarranted abuse from the more moronic Wednesday following your hard work enabled the club to be saved, for that we should be forever grateful.
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31/01/2011 15:30:00

Many many thanks Howard - you did a brilliant job. And thanks too to Lee Stafford for getting us into the shop window in the first place.
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31/01/2011 16:09:00

Well said sussexowl. Thanks Howard.
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31/01/2011 17:35:00

not a fan of the man, but credit where credits due stuck his neck out on numerous occasions.Did well for the club on his two stints with us good luck on what ever you do Howard. Thanks again
vic mobley
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31/01/2011 19:04:00

Charlton, Atkinson, and Wilkinson - by far our best three managers in living memory. Because Charlton and Atkinson had much more outgoing personalities, they were probably more popular with fans, but if you look at what Howard achieved both at Hillsborough and at Elland Road, he was probably the best of the three. What he did to help save the club over recent months just showed how much he cared for Wednesday too. Great man for the Owls!
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31/01/2011 19:24:00

Hats off to SGT WILKO thanks alot r and r.
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31/01/2011 20:20:00

Many thanks Howard saw you play,manage and stick your neck out to keep the club you love from going out of business you are saint and should take a bow on saturday on the pitch and us all show our appreciation
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31/01/2011 21:09:00


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