Hirst-class advice for Owls

David Hirst

David Hirst

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Wednesday legend David Hirst believes the continual speculation about the future ownership of the club does not excuse their poor Championship form.

Milan Mandaric, the Owls chairman, has stated this week that there is still “nothing tangible” yet from any of the parties who have expressed an interest in buying the club

Mandaric, who took control at Hillsborough in late 2010, says he is not pushing for a buy-out but would be willing to step aside if the right investor came forward.

While talks have taken place behind the scenes, results have not been great on the pitch during the 2013/14 campaign, with Wednesday sitting in 23rd position ahead of their lunch-time trip to neighbours Barnsley this afternoon.

Nonetheless, Hirst, a scorer of 128 goals for Wednesday, insists the takeover talk should not distract Dave Jones’ squad.

He said: “The players are in the wrong job if they are affected by it. They can’t use it as an excuse.

“It’s not like they aren’t still getting paid.”

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