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Allen: Time To Go?

Allen: Time To Go?

As news on potential investment continues around Hillsborough, Owls fan Carl Parkin has his opinion on recent events in the Wednesday boardroom on Vital Sheffield Wednesday.


SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY FC has probably been the quietest club in the UK over the last week, probably the only club not remotely interested in making any signings, even though we have had a poor start to the season, because of the long injury list and small squad.

Many fans feel fleeced by the Chairman who put a public letter out saying that the season tickets were all going up to fund transfers, and since the Paul Sturrock interview on Radio Sheffield, it appears the money has been swallowed up by other things, and the fact is that we actually got rid of twice as many players as we brought in, so there is a debate as to whether we are in any better shape than this time last year?

Rumours are in the air about the Hobson's, and Channel Island businessmen looking at either taking over or investing, so the fans now have to decide what they want. I cannot believe the huge rumpus caused when Ken Bates was looking at taking over.

Look at Leeds now, they have been buying £1million players regularly, and just imagine what Paul Sturrock would do with that Leeds squad. The main problem at Sheffield Wednesday is that there are too many old fashioned socialists who support them, and people like Ken Bates who have money are shunned, as the supporters would rather have a working class person with no money running the club.

We need to open our eyes, it might have been OK 30 years ago to have a community club run by the fans, but unfortunately outside of the working class bubble of South Yorkshire clubs we should be competing with are buying new players. How many clubs are there in the Premiership who have community boards?

Forget your opinions on Ken Bates, he made it clear he had over £10million that he wanted to invest, Just imagine Paul Sturrock with £10million.

The main gripe from most fans was that Ken Bates would put ticket prices up to pay for the investment. So What?. Would you rather accept what we have had over last 2 seasons, or paying a bit more to watch a top of the table team?

So what has Dave Allen done? He put season Tickets up by 20%, and we now have a smaller squad, and we are still struggling to get 11 fit players every week, so was Ken Bates that bad an option?

Are we going to get the same reaction if the Hobsons put a package together ?

Forget the socialist brothers together attitude, try a forward thinking 21st century approach, money talks, and nothing else.


Many thanks for your thoughts, Carl. And don't forget - YOU can have YOUR say on happening at SWFC by e-mailing us at

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Date:Thursday September 7 2006
Time: 1:19PM


Good article. Unless Allen thinks the consortium is going to be looking a purchasing other clubs (which doesn’t appear to be the case) then there is no reason they should be prevented from looking at our finances with view to a potential takeover, providing a confidentiality agreement is in place. If this request is refused then you’ve got to wonder what the club is trying to hide
07/09/2006 16:24:00
I don't wish to defend our chairman but find myself doing so, the fundamental premise of your article seems flawed, Master Bates' bid was based upon the existing board taking heavy losses in order for him to be able to acquire the club without addressing the debts but enabling him to bankroll a promotion bid by expecting others to fund the losses. No other business would run that way but that is where the problem lies, football is more than just a business, men like previous bidders rely on fans (and in these I include members of the board)tribal attachment and loyalty to there clubs to purchase clubs in the manner described above, directors are expected to lay down their shares for the good of the club. Our own chairman has indulged in a little bit of this nefarious practice himself but as we criticise we should also lay praise where it is due, Mr Allen has tried to run the club on a reasonably sound financial basis, slowly endeavoring to undo the mistakes of previous years (I still have tears at the Pleat era, Kovacevic given away to a club that then sold him for £13 million). Now having rambled on trying to be fair to all except Bates, we avoided a bullet there wether you choose to believe me or not and I prefer our future to that of leeds any old day. The new takeover bid seems however to come from genuine fans and that comforts me but before anyone decides to hail a takeover as the second coming (surely we'll never see another Wad) let just remind you of what happened at Man City when Francis Lee took over, not every richman has the money of an abramovich.
07/09/2006 19:49:00
if hobson gets in i think he should go 4 bringing 1 of these players in Kenwyn Jones,Lee Trundle,Freddy Eastwood,Billy Sharp wot do u think.
07/09/2006 20:41:00
kenwyn is topnotch in league 1 but so so in this league, trundle is far too old and unproven at this level as well as lacking pace, don't know much about sharp but eastwood is walking the walk in this division (hope he has an off day on sat), is the right age and would work well with tudgay.
08/09/2006 02:18:00
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