Milan supports Megson hunt

Milan Mandaric
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric last night pledged backing for manager Gary Megson in the summer transfer market.

The Owls owner told Wednesdayite members at their Hillsborough question-and-answer session that new blood would be coming in.

He said it was not the time to be publicly divulging the names of the club’s targets or the size of the kitty.

But he said that new signings would be strong characters and the budget would be healthy and sensible.

Megson has revealed that he has given the chairman the names of six players that he would like to bring in.

Mandaric was asked whether any of the six were already at the club on loan.

He said five of those six were not part of the current squad, but talks had also defined positions and types of players, plus some names who were already being targeted.

“This is not the time to be talking about the names of the players,” he added. “But there will be new blood, good strong characters.

“There are some very good players here; we need to mix them with some additions. I will give support to the manager.”

Mandaric, when asked about the budget, said: “If we match what our budget will be with where we are in the table next season, we will be in good shape.

“It will be a healthy budget. But we are not going to waste silly money. If you pay money for a player, he has to be worth what you are paying. It will be sensible.”

Mandaric sees the benefit of sometimes signing an experienced player, and he cited loan centre half Rob Jones as a solid character, but he also favours the signing of good players who are young enough to improve.

Giving Gary Madine as an example, he said: “If we find a young player, Madine, somebody like that, who is an investment for the future, yes, we’ll have money for that.”

Mandaric revealed that Megson wants a squad of 20 outfield players and three goalkeepers.

The chairman admitted that the club possibly face a problem in offloading players because many remain under contract.

He answered questions last night on a range of topics before around 150 fans in the Charlton Suite.

Loan striker Neil Mellor, who wants to stay, has won the club’s Player of the Year award and is shortlisted for the Football League’s League One Player of the Month title.

Megson is among the Manager of the Month nominees.