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Fans Split Over Protest

The latest poll on Vital Sheffield Wednesday asked users whether a protest against the Owls board was the right way to go - and the results are in...

49 per cent of Vital Sheffield Wednesday users said they wouldn't welcome a protest against the current Owls board, with 45 per cent saying they would, and six per cent saying it's not the right time.

Talk of a protest was raised by a section of Wednesday fans who have been less than impressed with Owls Chairman Dave Allen's handling of club affairs - and his apparant willingness, or lack of it, to bring in new investment to the club.

Of course, the fact that Wednesday are currently sitting bottom of the Championship with just one win to their name this season hasn't helped matters - in fact it's made the situation much worse.

The Owls Chairman promised at the start of the current season that Wednesday's budget would be on a similar scale to Reading's as he looked for the club to progress up the Championship table en route to the Premiership. Season ticket prices were raised, as were expectations - but so far the club have failed to deliver.

Since then, fans have been left bemused by the financial situation at the club. Everyone knows its current state, but things seems to get much worse - and a certain realisation kicked in when the Owls boss couldn't afford to bring in loan players, or even extend loanee Lloyd Sam's loan spell at Hillsborough.

Vital Sheffield Wednesday member 'royalowlisback' is part of the 45 per cent who think a protest SHOULD go ahead: 'Their is never a right to protest - but if enough people feel strongly about something, then a protest will start.

'I think it SHOULD start after the Barnsley game, regardless of the result, the board has watched our debt rise for years, the result of one match won't make much difference.'

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, the majority of 49 per cent don't want a protest.

Wednesday fans have already shown their thoughts about the current state of affairs at S6 with a 'Black Balloon' protest, organised by the former Owls Trust.

Many Owls fans joined in the protests, and even gathered outside the director's entrance under the South Stand for a peaceful protest after the match, but there were still as many people who were against the protest as there were for.

Some Owls fans recognise that Allen stepped in to take over the club at it's worst, and has since turned it back in to a working business after years upon years of mismanagement at the top. The Owls chairman did, afterall, appoint Paul Sturrock as boss who in turn led us to promotion from League One at the first attempt, consolidation in the Championship, and still hopes to achieve a mid-table finish this season.

But some people are of the opinion that although Allen has done a decent job at the help, it's now time for him to step aside and let someone take the club one step further with investment both on and off the field.

And some are also aware that it may not be the best time to protest with the club in its current state propping up the Championship table. The players, and Paul Sturrock need all the support they can get in this difficult period so they can hopefully turn it around, avoid the drop, and get back on track to that mid-table finish.

Vital Sheffield Wednesday member 'Nightowl' said: 'I say no too, the time is not right, we should and wait to see what happens to the Hobson bid too take over the club, and if Allen refuses to talk to Hobsons people then it will time to start protesting. We need to show the players our support in this present situation.'

While 'CompostBin' added: 'I think we should wait, at least until any takeover has been rejected.

'If the Hobson deal falls through, then it's no longer a protest about getting investment into Wednesday, it's about the incompetence of our chairman and his board at running our club. Even if a protest doesn't see him go, it may see him step down while remaining a shareholder.'

It's clearly a delicate issue among all Wednesday fans at the moment, so why not have YOUR SAY on the official Vital Sheffield Wednesday message boards by CLICKING HERE

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

Date:Tuesday October 10 2006
Time: 9:00AM


I feel that this is a bad time to protest you should get behind the team, after all it is them that win or lose not the Board.
viking phil
10/10/2006 17:00:00
I understand your point Viking Phil. But does having a team bereft of talent and goal scoring ability help either ? The players can only do their best,a nd if they are just not tallented enough, they either the board has to invest, or we go down.
17/10/2006 11:54:00
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