MILAN Mandaric readily admits he is not a patient person.
As a successful businessman, he doesn’t tolerate under-achievement.
And, having ploughed millions of pounds into Sheffield Wednesday since completing his takeover in December, he is demanding a return on his significant investment.
Mandaric has promised to back manager Gary Megson heavily in the transfer market over the summer in a bid to revive their fortunes. Given Mandaric’s financial support, it is no surprise the bookmakers have priced the Owls as one of the leading contenders to get promotion out of League One.
But Wednesday’s chairman is refusing to take the size of the task facing Megson and his squad lightly.
He told The Star: “There are no easy games at this level. It is a competitive league and it is not an easy one to get out of especially for big clubs like ourselves. We should be very competitive and assemble a good strong team, who will be prepared and very competitive. We have to approach every game properly and I’m quite sure that Gary (Megson) will direct his team that way.”
Wednesday kick-off their league programme on August 6 with a home encounter with Rochdale before back-to-back away clashes at Bournemouth and Bury. Sandwiched in between those clashes is the televised Carling Cup first-round tie with Blackpool.
To conclude a hectic August, Megson’s troops host Notts County and Scunthorpe United.
“The schedule is as good as it could be,” Mandaric added. “Nobody should be under-estimated and we can’t take anything for granted.”
It is the second year in a row Wednesday begin their quest for promotion on home soil, having beaten new boys Dagenham and Redbridge 2-0 last term. That fixture attracted the club’s biggest attendance of the 2010/11 campaign in 23,081. Having sold more than 10,000 season tickets, Mandaric will be hoping for a similar gate when his promotion hopefuls lock horns with Dale.
He said: “It’s crucial that we do the right things at the beginning of the season. I’m happy that we are going to start our season in front of our supporters. Hopefully we are going to be a really strong team at home.”