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Mixed Pre-Season Feelings

Mixed Pre-Season Feelings

If ever there was a time for blind optimism it was the football pre-season, but it seems this summer brings a mixed bag of emotions from Wednesday fans.

Owls boss Brian Laws guided his men to a stunning end-of-season run of just one defeat in 13 games last term, and the news that a takeover of the club could be completed before the start of this season meant Owls fans were all set foran action packed close season.

But the lack of activity on both the takeover and transfer front has left some fans underwhelmed, and a very mixed bag of emotions are coming from Vital Sheffield Wednesday users, shown by last week's weekly poll.

We asked you how you felt about the club at the present time, with all five options ranging from very positive to very negative grabbing a fair share of your votes.

28 per cent of users felt very positive of the new season ahead, with 21 per cent also feeling in positive mood this close season, while 15 per cent felt pretty average as far as pre-seasons go...

But the lack of transfer activity and takeover talk led to 23 per cent of Vital users feeling negative about the club at the moment with 13 per cent feeling very negative - quite a story considering the end of season success last term.

And the majority of the talk on the Vital Sheffield Wednesday forums was regarding the negative aspects coming from S6 this close season.

Forum member NicNac said: 'Negative, but I wasn't sure whether to go for Average or not...

'Letting Macca leave, no signings (ok, Grant and Hinds, but they don't exactly fill me with confidence) and no sign of this so called investment that will happen before the beginning of the season. I know there's another month to go, and usually no news is good news, but I'm just finding it far too frustrating!'

And OrtonOwl said: 'Gutted at the lack of signings. Really needed to keep the club on the upwards spiral after a good end to the season. Looks like that could all go sour very quickly. We are supposed to be showing our key players that we have ambition but that does not seem to be happening and some of these players could leave.'

So it's a mixed reaction from Vital users on the state of the club at the moment. Let's hope for a bit more action on the transfer and takeover fronts in the coming weeks, but we shouldn't hold our breath...

Date:Monday July 9 2007
Time: 9:00AM


As I have mentioned on here a few times, why are we not signing someone who makes a statement to all the fans and the other teams that we mean business ? Juninhio has had talks with Hull City, who cares how much he wants paying, 5000 extra on the gate at a minimum of £20 a ticket is over £100,000 every single game. Why are we not challenging Cardiff for Robbie Fowler ? What is their average gate ? I want to pick up the paper and see a big name in a Blue and white shirt with Brian Laws and the Chairman saying "Now we mean Business". Having a good run last season means nothing if you don't try and build on it. Where was the £2.5 million of Bougherra's money when Freddie Eastwood was going cheap at £1.5 million ? No big name will want to come to a club that is deflated with no ambition. Did we even think about talking to Nicky Weaver ? Lets be honnest, we all know where he wants to play, so why sign 2 unknown second rate keepers, when Nicky "Sheff Wed" weaver was there for free ? I have been accused of being negative on here, and that is so far from the truth. I have so much desire and passion for this club, I want to build on last season, and see us challenge for a top spot.
09/07/2007 09:31:00
The money is in the bank :) Would you rather we were linked to players like Juninho and then pull out, like Hull appear to have done?
Auckland Owl
09/07/2007 09:43:00
Plus... we can't afford Fowler's wages.
Auckland Owl
09/07/2007 09:49:00
I agree with some of what haxeowl is saying, the bit about the club needs to show the fans and the key players that it as some ambition or the decent ambitious players will not want to come to this club and those here that want to play in the Premiership will start to leave. Dave Allen and Brien Laws must understand that actions speaks loader than words.
09/07/2007 10:20:00
what is the big deal with been linked with signing big names! we're hardly Chelsea! were the likes of brunt, carson, bougherra and so on big names when we signed them?? and look how well they did! agter signings like watson, turner and johnson last season im sure brian knows what he's doing!!
09/07/2007 10:41:00
I trust Laws to get best out of players, but just want the club to show a statement of ambition. As I started earlier Aukland Owl, extra 5000 on the gate at between £20 & £30 a Ticket is between £100,000 & £150,000 a game, so that would pay Fowlers wages. Hull may have pulled out, it may have even been a pubicity stunt, but their fans are thinking WOW, we really are looking to try and pull something big off, rather than pick up a few freebies from the lower leagues. I know we are not Chelsea, but in 1993 Chelsea fans were wishing they were sheffield Wednesday. Don't forget, we have been a top half Premiership team, and I for one want us to be back there. Bougherra was a big loss, and Laws said he was not going to spend the £2.5million then, but keep it for summer, but so far we have been picking up Freebies, are we going to pull off one big signing, or has the money been used to fund the super duper high tech plastic pitch at the training ground instead ?
09/07/2007 11:20:00
i get the impression u cry bout this every night dont ya!! think u need to find samoethin else to occupy ur mind!!!
09/07/2007 12:06:00
Maybe I care about the team more than you ? I don't cry about this every night, I am just sick of the lack of ambition of the club. Maybe the reason we are like this is that most of the supporters are like you, and accept any rubbish that we get served up on a Saturday ?
09/07/2007 12:56:00
have you been reading what people have wrote back to some of your comments cus i have!! and yet you still believe that your ramblings are justified!! u keep bangin on about lack of ambition and the fact that we are only after freebies! however u r obviously forgetting the fact that we got permission to talk to billy sharp!! which must surely mean that we offered £2m+! but i guess u left that bit out as it would destroy your entire argument!!
09/07/2007 13:58:00
Wow, we got permission to talk to a S ****horpe United striker! How ambitious of the board to dare to tease us with the prospect of such a mammoth signing!
09/07/2007 15:11:00
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