SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Gary Megson has expressed his frustration at the club’s lack of progress in the transfer market.
With just three weekends before the Owls kick off their season against Rochdale at Hillsborough, Megson says he has four players - two forwards, a right-side centre-half and a right midfielder - who he wants to sign.
“I’m really frustrated. I want to get on and do the work. The team that will go to Worksop (today) is just two goalkeepers and 16 outfield players; that’s all we’ve got. I am frustrated and concerned.
“I am excited because we have taken the wage bill right down in order to bring the players in that we want to.
“The players that we want to bring in are, to a certain extent, available; it’s just getting them. There is a frustration because I have gone on record saying I will be under pressure straight away to get a good start.”
Megson has taken careful note of comings and goings at Wednesday over recent seasons. He says it is now over to the negotiation skills of chairman Milan Manderic and chief executive Paul Aldridge.
And he used the example of last season’s leading scorer, Neil Mellor, as someone he knows he can sign. “We have erred on the side of finance,” he said. “Paul has done a great job of getting the players out, now we need to do a great job of getting them in.
“We need to offer something to Neil that is acceptable to him.”
Rob Jones will be captain next season.
Megson claims that last summer nine players were brought into the club, adding £1.7m to the wage bill. In the January transfer window a further five were signed at a cost of £1.3m and £1m in wages.
Since replacing Alan Irvine, Megson says he has taken the wage bill down by £1.6m and brought in four players on free transfers.