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An Open Letter

Without doubt Sheffield Wednesday has some of the most loyal and impassioned fans in the whole league, but it's equally true that, with respect to their club's activities, they are also the least informed.

It's not just the recent takeover debacle, or the failure to sign new players, or indeed, the ineptness of a team who are regularly chosen to represent the club. It's the truth of the fact that this state of affairs continues week after week. Almost just as true is the sad reality that this is becoming acceptable with a growing number of fans.

Something is seriously wrong behind the closed doors of Sheffield Wednesday and I fear that it's going to get a lot worse before the club admit the real truth and why such a once proud club is heading towards the same fate as a few other clubs in Yorkshire.

As for who is to blame for the breakdown of the takeover bid, why the manager is unable to find players to play for the club or indeed, why buying a 'Lucky Bag' offers much more favourable odds, there are too many unanswered questions to make any form of judgement.

What every supporter now realises is that Sheffield Wednesday are no longer a fashionable club; where once players would have welcomed the opportunity to join the club, and even make sacrifices to do so, the fans now see the likes of Trundle, Tyson, Eastwood, Sharp (and even Fowler) join clubs of less notoriety than Sheffield Wednesday. Even players who once vowed total allegiance to Sheffield Wednesday have recently opted to join other clubs in the same league. What must the fans think? And indeed, what reasons do the management offer for decisions of these players? Needless to say, the fans are mystified and as for the management - they say very little.

This sorry state has nevertheless resulted in more than its share of discontent on both sides of the Sheffield Wednesday perimeter fence. Not only are players leaving or not wanting to play for the club, but those who remain play without any feeling or urgency. Now many supporters are actually deciding to return their season tickets or, simply, not turning up at games. Of course, all the forums are full to the brim with the same old questions, worries and concerns for the future of the club and embarrassment with the plight of the current team.

As for what happens next, I wager that continuing poor performances will not only seal the fate of Brian Laws but also that of the club too. Falling attendances, poor team performances, players wanting to leave the club, players not wanting to join the club, no financial investment, high debts and no news of the contrary etc, are all synonymous of a club heading for administration.

I hope and pray that I am wrong, but what with the unusual silence from Dave Allen and the repeated poor excuses from Brian Laws, I feel that we may have to expect and fear the worst - and then hear that it wasn't Dave Allen`s fault but the 'cretins' who support the club and that we should all be made accountable for the demise of Sheffield Wednesday.

Finally, I'd like to address the argument that Sheffield Wednesday has never been a Big Club (or even a Great Club). What is the criterion for a Big Club? And just how does a club become a Big Club? If the criterion is commercial viability, or that the club has at least 65,000 regular supporters, I would agree, Wednesday are not a Big Club.

But, I wager that there are at least 24,000 Sheffield Wednesday supporters who all share the same opinion that their beloved club IS the greatest AND biggest club in the whole world... and to me at least, that's what counts.

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The Journalist

Writer: Jeff Stones Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 27 2007

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

The only thing that is wrong IMO with this is that BL is getting the blame. How can the man bring in the players that he really wants with the financial restraints that have been put on him by the club.
Skeggy Owl
i disagree, he has said hes made a 2million pound bid for kenwyne jones and for billy sharp, then eastwood goes to wolves for 1.5 and eastwood is better than the p;air of them, trundle goes to bristol for even less, and laws hasnt made a move for them, hes waited all summer until weve made a pathetic start, to realise we need a centre when all summer most on here have been saying that. We had a good run, a lucky run at the end of last season and that has made everyone think were promotion contenders, were not, our team is worse now than what is was last year, and that is due to laws buying players who cant get in other championship teams, so we aint gonna do to well with cham[ionship rejects, in the championship
I think apart from the ipswich game If we sorted our defence issues out we can be contenders remember we are looking to bring in a few players to strengthen the squad Wolves scoreline to any one who went would agree we didnt take our chances and our defence had major issues, apart from that which I know is a main factor wolves was not a strong team, then look at charlton 2-0 up for ***** sake what is our problem our problem is again we need to be stonger at the back and more creative going forward no myth why our strikers didnt score, but these two teams are teams pipped for promotion. If BL is sucessful in capturing his belive that we would have the options and drive to pull results out of most teams in this division ( i wat ch and wait in hope )
its just an embarrassing state of affairs, I have loads of family down south and they can't believe the plight of the club, I have heard on many occassion that brian laws is working over budget at the moment from Kaven Walker so I find it hard to believe the club are willing to invest in new players, I firmly believe the crowds will drop, the boo boys will be the only ones heard in hillsborough and Dave Allen will tuck himself away hidden from the people who want to know whats going on, what planet is he on really, francis jeffers was money well wasted in my opinion, we could have kept macca and guaranteed at least 15 goals out of him this season, but we decided to let him go for free then spend money which would have been wiser invested elsewhere, we have signed hinds why? we had coughlan who was a no holds barred centre half who always gave 100% fair enough he didn't have the pace but neither does bully and we bring in hinds who wasn't first choice in league 1 ( baffles me), we let hills go - I was a hills fan he always looked to bomb down the left flank and was better on the ball both passing and tackling than spurr and again off he went for free, leon clarke - no offence to him but the guy just doesn't cut it in this league for me, he can score in league 1 and probably needs a full season there to score goals and build his confidence but I don't see him ever improving, Kenny Lunt what a let down for me - some people say he plays well for us, just ask stevie wonder, the guy rarely even touches the ball and players just go right by him surely I'm not the only one who can see this, there is no confidence in the team and when we are linked to these lower league players then that says to me we are preparing to play lower league football and thats it, does anybody question why we need to sign these players? I hate seeing us linked with nobodies I really do its degrading to the supporters and I would love to know what goes through the heads of people who are paid a lot more money than I am to sign the dross we have, why don't we ever hear " he's a c*** player that rarely plays in the first team in league 1 so I thought it would be a good idea to bring him here" we don't have time to let players develop potential though I don't see many out there with any, we need experience and quality which unfortunately comes at a price - a price we are not willing to pay, Dave allen has said he will not put any more money into the club, we are sinking and we need help now, no messing about this situation needs to be resolved when is the next share holders meeting? Dave Allen has taken us on as far as he can and he needs to move on simple as that I honestly don't believe the club is doing all it can to ensure this will happen, infact we all know this as you have the warring factions that are wednesdayite and the hillsborough board and all they need to do is talk, sounds hard doesn't it.

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