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Mandaric backs under-fire boss Jones

Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has today issued a statement backing manager Dave Jones and calling on Owls fans to stick together and have 'patience' and 'understanding' during a difficult spell at Hillsborough on the pitch.

The Owls slumped into the Championship's bottom three following a lacklustre performance and 2-0 home loss against Leicester City at the weekend

Wednesdayites have called into questions Jones's position at the club for some weeks and that reached fever pitch following the loss against the Foxes, culminating in rumours circulating on Sunday night that the Owls boss had left the club.

Mandaric has backed his manager ahead of Tuesday night's vital clash against Watford at Hillsborough, however, and says he has every faith in Jones and his management team getting the Owls out of their current position in the bottom three.

He said: 'Like everyone connected with Sheffield Wednesday, I am disappointed with the current position of the team in the Championship table. But the key word here is team, because that is what we are, from the top of the club to the bottom.

'I can assure you all that we are working tirelessly to put things right and it has never been more important to demonstrate that at times like this, the Sheffield Wednesday football family stays together. We celebrated together the joyous occasion of promotion on that incredible day last May, now we have to support and help each other when we find ourselves in times of difficulty. We have another very important game on Tuesday and I urge you to come down to Hillsborough and help the team towards the objective of three hugely important points.

'The Championship is one of the strongest divisions in the whole of Europe. It is also one of the best and vital that, first and foremost, we start collecting some points and ultimately stay in this division. I have every confidence that we will do that and I firmly believe we have a good manager in Dave Jones. He and his staff have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to take us up the table.

'Of course, nobody enjoys what we are currently going through but we must have a constructive, positive attitude because that is the only way we will successfully negotiate these difficulties. Trust me, we will accomplish our aim of consolidation and continue to build for the future.

'The easiest way to do this, if there is an easy way, is to all stick together, which is why I ask our wonderful and loyal supporters to stay behind the club as one. I ask as I have always done to trust me as your chairman and understand that I will manage these difficulties with the best interests of Sheffield Wednesday at heart. We will get out of this trouble one way or another but believe me, it will be a lot easier and far less painful if we stay together with everybody working in the same direction.

'This is a building process and, like everyone else, I expected the Championship to be a very competitive division. We cannot let where we are in the table beat us, it is all about showing our character, and that means myself as chairman, the manager, the staff, the players and you, the supporters.

'We must keep moving forward and this is what we will do here, whether that takes one season, two seasons or three. Nobody expected us to be where we are now, least of all myself, because we invested and recruited a lot of players over the summer but sometimes it takes time for all the pieces of the puzzle to slot together.

'That is when we need patience, understanding and a leader to lead from the front. We are in a war, make no mistake about that, but what I have always learned is that when a comrade goes down, you put him over your shoulder and lead him back into battle.

Thank you for your support and, as ever, your understanding.'




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 26 2012

Time: 7:55PM

Your Comments

Since the departure of Terry Burton from our Wednesday family, We have IN THE FULL MEANING OF THAT PHRASE GONE FOR A BURTON.Since the master tactician went South, So did we. Please come back as manager, please
Kettering OWL 1963
I'd love to say the Chairman's Statement has helped to restore my faith but sadly it hasn't come anywhere close enough. In fact, it reads more like a ransom demand than a call to arms. Were the letters all cut out from magazines and individually pasted to a sheet? And who delivered it, DJ himself? I hate to think how many more matches we have to lose before the real problems are addressed. And how about the pieces of the puzzle bit? Listen, if I was DJ I'd be more bothered about finding the box because he's obviously forgotten what the picture on the lid looks like. Tomorrow night is going to count for a lot but I don't want to hear how good a side Watford are afterwards, okay? I just don't.
OurMaurice
Pretty sure he released a statement similar to this before he sacked Irvine and Megson didn't he?
Owls That!
Just hope if he is to sack Jones, he doesn't leave it too late like did with Irvine, then give the new bloke the money in January to assemble the team to take us forward.
ecco owl
Just hope if he is to sack Jones, he doesn't leave it too late like did with Irvine, then give the new bloke the money in January to assemble the team to take us forward.
ecco owl
ourmaurice I do respect your opinion and I have read everyones comments for the last month before I aired my views, and radon is correct when I was supporting Irvine. my major concern is that in the last 15 years or so we have chewed through one manager after another. not all of them were / are bad managers. most had some success before we appointed them and some have done alright after leaving us. we are endlessly going round in circles trying to find the perfect manager, it isn't going to happen. we need to let someone get on with the job and fulfill his contract. jones / burton was a good team and it was very unfortunate that he left for arsenal. i've gotta be honest I seriously dislike arsenal they are to blame for all of the bad things that have happened to us in the last 20 years, jones should blame them!
Hirsty's Shinpads
ourmaurice I do respect your opinion and I have read everyones comments for the last month before I aired my views, and radon is correct when I was supporting Irvine. my major concern is that in the last 15 years or so we have chewed through one manager after another. not all of them were / are bad managers. most had some success before we appointed them and some have done alright after leaving us. we are endlessly going round in circles trying to find the perfect manager, it isn't going to happen. we need to let someone get on with the job and fulfill his contract. jones / burton was a good team and it was very unfortunate that he left for arsenal. i've gotta be honest I seriously dislike arsenal they are to blame for all of the bad things that have happened to us in the last 20 years, jones should blame them!
Hirsty's Shinpads
Hirsty's Shinpads, agree totally with your comments re: our club's 'rotating door' management policy that began after Tricky's departure. I wasn't surprised when AI got the chop though because things went from bad to worse so quickly. But when GM was brought in as a replacement I honestly felt as though we'd finally hired our very own 'Fergie' and that given time and backing our future was in the safest hands possible. I know we've had sworn Wednesdayites at the helm before but none could boast as good a past record as Gary Megson, not even Sgt.Wilko and look how far he took us before seeking higher glories elsewhere. I suppose a few alarm bells started to ring when it became clear he wouldn't receive the kind of backing he'd hoped for, never mind us, but he still built a useful side using largely free transfers, loanees and a handful of players from Leagues 1&2. In my opinion the lack of support he received last January was nothing short of treason and then to get sacked in the wake of our best result of the season and with promotion still very much on was nothing short of disgraceful. I really don't want to go into the 'what happened next' because it won't solve anything. It's enough to say the reasons we were given for his dismissal were at best bogus and at worst bare-faced lies. All that hard work has since gone to waste and now here we are, less than nine months later in a position just as bad if not worse than when Irvine's days were numbered only this time the manager gets the owner's public support. It could be a front of course, one last chance to rally the troops knowing that defeat tonight and another against Cardiff at the weekend will see him leave the building, but it's small consolation for the fans whose only wish is to see our club succeed. I personally reckon that probably the best chance we've ever had of achieving lasting success through long term stability was cruelly snatched away from us at the end of last February. And yes, I'm still massively p****d off about it.
OurMaurice
The chairman's message is the same one that all sportsman tell themselves when the chips are down and you are in a tight spot ... or when you are in wit a shot at the title. It is simple: believe! Without belief you will fail. We must continue to believe in the team on pitch, sing the praises of their good performances, forgive their little and huge mistakes. The manager however is different. He, we can blame or hail as the saviour if we want and we don't need to show our belief in him as it wont make any difference. Or does it?
OddOwl
Self-belief, encouragement, praise. Three of the basic principles of motivation. As fans, we don't require motivation but we do need to see our own pride and passion represented on the field of play. Sadly, poor performance on a regular basis affects confidence both on the pitch and in the stands and often a good manager can combat this with a few choice motivational skills of his own. Sadly sadly, DJ doesn't appear to have any. He would far sooner identify a problem and apportion blame. At the start of the season he'd name individuals in the media, never a good recipe for breeding confidence. These days he tends to drop clues and let us decide who he's picking on this time. Well it's high time he looked in the mirror or else took his coaching staff to task, because he's the one who must ultimately carry the can for what the rest of us see with our eyes every week. Lessons aren't being 'lairned' Dave because no-one seems much cop at teaching. So don't worry, Mr. Chairman, the faithful will get behind the team tonight with only the slightest bit of encouragement but don't expect us to express anything other than disappointment and frustration if we're forced to witness another poor display with little or no sign of improvement from last time.
OurMaurice
Yes OurMaurice I agree. Give us a good match. Play good football. Work hard. We'll shout hard. Being out played smacks of poor preparation or slow adaptation. Taking the other team into account is entirely what this is about. Tonight I think the manager, coaches and the team should be actively looking to destroy what the opponents want to do and rock their confidence in their own plan. This should be good enough to get us a draw. Best I can hope for even if I believe.
OddOwl
 

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