Date:Monday July 2 2007
Last week's poll on Vital Sheffield Wednesday asked you whether it was the right decision to let Steve Maclean leave the club on a free transfer to Cardiff City, and the results are in!
The Scot's departure over a week ago sparked some fans to call in to question the club's ambitions next season, but the poll brought a mixed reaction from Vital Sheffield Wednesday users with 60 per cent feeling it was wrong to let him go, while the remaining 40 per cent thought it was the right move.
The former Scunthorpe United and Glasgow Rangers striker was joint top scorer for the Owls last season alongside Deon Burton with 13 goals to his name, despite playing fewer games than the other first team strikers at the club.
But that still wasn't enough to convince Owls boss Brian Laws to keep the hitman at S6 next season, with the two parties failing to agree new terms on a new deal - and the club revealing they couldn't compete with the wages Cardiff were offering.
But despite the lack of money to keep last season's leading scorer on the books, Wednesday have still been linked with big money moves for Billy Sharp (although that chase looks to be over) and Kenwyne Jones.
And the debate over whether or not Macca should have kept his number nine shirt in S6 next season stretched over on to the Vital Sheffield Wednesday forums, where some members had differing views on the state of affairs.
SkeggyOwl said: 'Cannot say it enough times. This was a huge, no colossal mistake that is going to come back and bite us on the backside next season.'
CompostBin said: 'As far as I can see, MacLean had the best goals per game ratio at the Club this season even with taking out the penalties. And just for the record, penalties are an intergral part of football and have been for some time now, they can even win games. So, am I now allowed to say this? : 'Sheffield Wednesday have let go their best goal scorer in a deal worth sod all'
Roomey07 said: 'Whats with all the heartbreak he really wasnt that special. for one am not sad to see the back of him; hes a professional footballer at the end of the day and will follow the money.'
And some still couldn't make up their minds on whether Macca should have been kept at the club.
TheKinster said: I really can't make my mind up over Maclean. One half of me say's mistake. He held the ball up wonderfully, had a good scoring ratio, and read the game well. The other side of me say's we'll survive. He was woefully slow. Had no aerial threat, and half his goals came from the spot. Not open play.
'Still, his penalty at Cardiff will always be remembered by me, (I've never felt so bad before a PK) and I wish him all the best.'
I guess only time will tell over whether it was wrong or right, but I fancy a quid or two down the bookmakers ahead of our matches with the Bluebirds next season!
Date:Monday July 2 2007
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