Date:Wednesday August 30 2006
Do YOU want a takeover behind the scenes at Hillsborough? The latest poll on Vital Sheffield Wednesday asked just that last week, and the results are IN!...
And a whopping 87 per cent of Vital Sheffield Wednesdy users voted FOR a takoever, with 13 per cent of you seemingly happy with the way things are currently being run off the pitch at S6.
So why the large percentage in favour of a takeover at the top?
The majority of Wednesdayites seem happy with the way current boss Paul Sturrock has performed at the club with his hands tied due to the limited funds available. We all know it's been this way for years now and praise has to go to the current Chairman Dave Allen for stepping in during hard times at S6. Allen also helped bring in Paul Sturrock which saw the Owls see instant success with promotion to the Championship and the equal success of survival in the league the following season.
But when things go bad, the buck stops with the man at the top - the Chairman.
Sturrock isn't just managing things with his hands tied - it seems as though his hands AND feet are tied .
Dave Allen increased season ticket prices so the Owls could compete with other club in the division wage wise, and although Sturrock has brought a number of players in to the club over the summer, some fans believe this still isn't enough.
The current injury crisis has undoubtedly made things worse at S6, and had the injured players been available at this moment then the general fans opinions may be very different.
Wednesday made the recent trip down to Plymouth Argyle with NO strikers, which led to many fans calling for Allen to either put his money where his mouth is and allow Paul Sturrock to bring a striker or two in.
To his credit Allen has helped bring in Lloyd Sam on a one-month loan to cover the injuries, but does this make up for the pre-season promises of extra funds which would put the Owls on a similar wage budget to what Reading were on next season? Some people clearly think not.
It's OK to call for one person to go and another to come - but what if there's nobody else willing to come in and takeover the club? Do fans risk losing the current board and find their beloved club in even deeper trouble?
The recent news that a consortium from Jersey are interested in investing in the club has certainly raised a few eyebrows around Sheffield, and the news will have undoubtedly raised the percentage of people voting for a takeover in this poll.
The last takeover bid by now Leeds United chairman Ken Bates resulted in a war of words between the former Chelsea chairman and Allen, and fans will be hoping the current Owls chairman at least listens to what the Jersey consortium have to say - or relationships between the club and the fans could go from bad to worse.
But what of the 13 per cent who are against an Owls takeover?
Some people may be afraid of hidden agendas in certain potential chairman.
The Ken Bates saga certainly brought up some valid points against a potential takeover at the club. Although Bates saved Chelsea from possible extinction he left them with a mountain of debt that could well have spiralled out of control had a certain Russian oil tycoon not come in to take Bates' place. The short term benefits are certainly there for all to see, but what will the long term effects bring?
There will always be that element of doubt in people's minds, and any takeover bid at S6 needs to be done behind closed doors and for the long-term benefit of the club and it's fans, not for the board and/or the potential investors. That's why many believe the Jersey consortium, which consists of a number of Wednesday fans like you or me, may well be the right choice for the club.
One thing's for sure - it's certaily going to be interesting behind the scenes at S6 over the next month or two. Have your say on the matter NOW at the Vital Sheffield Wednesday forum! CLICK HERE!
Date:Wednesday August 30 2006
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