Sheffield Wednesday: It’s as you were in Owls saga

Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday......Owls Chairman Milan Mandaric at Loftus Road
Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday......Owls Chairman Milan Mandaric at Loftus Road
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My chat with Milan Mandaric on Wednesday left me in no doubt that not much has changed at Hillsborough, writes Paul Thompson.

The exception is that the chances of a takeover in the near future appear to have receded.

But is Mandaric overly concerned about that? Not at all. He is not pushing to sell, just willing to listen to offers from suitable parties who can speed the club’s progress faster than perhaps he can.

With still “nothing tangible” received from anybody, in the meantime he retains the ultimate goal of the Premier League, will do everything he can to aid the club’s cause, and refuses to panic when they hit a sticky patch.

These are all familiar themes but bear repeating, when there is a hunger among fans to know what might be happening.

Overall it is sensible stance from the man who almost three years ago put his money where his mouth was but maybe now is getting a little taste of the time-wasting that the Owls experienced in the 10 years before his arrival when “tyre-kickers” came and went and failed to firm up interest.

One accusation that cannot be fairly levelled is that he doesn’t care about the club.

He may be a businessman but he is also what he would describe as “a football man.” He loves the game, is a hands-on chairman, as Dave Jones would tell you, one who put his money into the club and takes a keen interest in all aspects.

So you can imagine how hurt he was when he saw that he was being accused of lacking commitment: “I could not have done what I have done at my three clubs in the last 14 years unless I was committed and ambitious,” he told me.

Mandaric did not name names, but he’s got to be talking about BBC pundit Leroy Rosenior, who suggested that the chairman wasn’t giving full commitment to the club and therefore Dave Jones wasn’t getting full commitment from the squad.

As someone who watches the team regularly, I can safely say that while sometimes they might fall short of quality, they cannot be faulted for spirit or effort.

Finally, I commend to you the No Bull autobiography of one of the top blokes of the Owls’ last few decades, Lee Bullen - an engaging tale of a remarkable career told in unprecedented detail.