OPINION: New era for the Owls

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The waiting is finally over for Sheffield Wednesday supporters.

Milan Mandaric – the man who saved the Owls from financial ruin in December 2010 – has sold the club to Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov in a deal worth around £40m. The Football League have to ratify the sale before it is made official but there’s no doubt there will be renewed excitement around the club over the next few weeks before pre-season training begins.

In the time that Mandaric was in control of the club he oversaw a period of consistent improvement.

Promotion from League One in the 2011/12 season was a highlight but maintaining Championship status over the next two campaigns has been equally as impressive.

And for that he must receive due credit.

The challenge now for Mr Mammadov is to take Wednesday back to where they belong – the Premier League.

Much will be expected from the new regime but patience should also be a word that is regularly used.

With financial backing and momentum from their fans the Owls should aim high but be mindful of not trying to move too fast, too soon. The World Cup begins tomorrow but for Wednesdayites the real action is already underway.