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Mandaric Makes Manager Statement

Mandaric Makes Manager Statement

Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has released a statement on the official SWFC website following the departure of Alan Irvine as manager.

Here it is, in full, from

'From the first day that I met Alan Irvine, it was clear he is an honourable man who would work tirelessly to take this club back into the Championship and I admired the dedication and commitment Alan showed to the job.

'Unfortunately, the results did not follow. We have yet to win a league game since I came into the club, we have conceded a lot of goals and we were not picking up the points. That took us away from our objective of automatic promotion at the end of the season, we were sliding down the table and now we have to look up and the club has to move forward.

'I said when I arrived at Sheffield Wednesday that I would make some very tough decisions and the decision to part company with Alan is one of the hardest I have had to make throughout all my time in the game. But every decision I make is for the good of this club, not Milan Mandaric.

'Changing the manager was the last thing I wanted to do when I bought Sheffield Wednesday. I supported Alan from the first day and I supported him significantly in the January transfer window. We brought five new players into the club because we are desperate to get out of League 1 and back into the Championship. We have quality in the squad but it is not the biggest and Alan deserved the chance to strengthen the squad and show that he was the right manager for Sheffield Wednesday.

'But the performances were not consistent and the results were bad so although it was such a tough thing to do, I had to make the change. Alan leaves Hillsborough with my very best wishes and sincere thanks for the commitment he has shown to Sheffield Wednesday.

'I have to emphasise now that we are not writing off this season. Promotion was the target when I bought the club and promotion is still the target now. We are also through to the fifth round of the FA Cup so if anyone thinks we are writing this season off, they could not be more wrong.

'We move onto the next stage and that means recruiting the right manager to take the club where I want it to be and that is into the Premier League. I know the supporters have big ambitions too and that is the way I like it. I said in December that we will drive this club forward together, achieve success together and that very much is still the case. The fans trusted me when I bought their club and I ask them to keep on trusting me now because we will get this right. This is a big boat we have here and there will be some choppy waters on the way but trust me, we will get to the other side.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday February 3 2011
Time: 12:50PM


Right decision, could have been a couple of weeks earlier to enable a new manager to bring his own players in but i suppose its good he at least tried to give irvine a bit of a chance. not quite as trigger happy as he used to be with sacking managers.
03/02/2011 13:02:00
God I love this man!!!!
03/02/2011 13:12:00
Agree Dezzy although not for the a new man to bring his own players but to stop Irvine spending on his players. I suppose they won't have too much in the way of feelings towards Irvine, so it could still work out fine. But I have heard they are on good wages and we spent a fare amount of transfer fees for unproven players, or players only proven at this level. Never been a fan of not giving the manager time but we should've destroyed this division, instead we play risky long ball and counter attack tactics under Irvine, so maybe its right! Not sure I want a legend to return as manager it wouldn't be fair to drag their name through the mud, but there is a long list of them nowadays. Roland Nilsson or Nigel Pearson, maybe?
03/02/2011 13:14:00
Do you remeber AI picking up Manager of the Month back in August? I agree with OWL25. This is the correct action to take.
03/02/2011 13:15:00
I think he wanted to say what i said about Irvine but in the end he just settled for this statement instead.
ecco owl
03/02/2011 13:28:00
Gudluck luck AI for the future and thks for the hardwork behind the scenes,just a shame that hard work never paid off on the pitch.U.T.O
03/02/2011 13:30:00
hope we now make the right appointment on the manager front someone who can bring the players together both off and on the field we have a good squad of players let's get them playing again
03/02/2011 14:31:00
This man speaks so much sense. I like him. Good luck to Alan, a really nice bloke who worked hard, shame things didn't work out for him, but it was time unfortunately.
03/02/2011 15:02:00
seriously should be sheridan or nillson, or get paulo back hed get fans back in
03/02/2011 15:37:00
Straight forward and no messing! No wonder he's got rid, no league win sconce he bought us, not best way to give an impression!
03/02/2011 15:42:00
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