Sheffield Wednesday: Bullen calls for Owls calm

Lee Bullen and Stuart Gray
Lee Bullen and Stuart Gray
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Coach Lee Bullen has told Sheffield Wednesday fans not to panic over the club’s inactivity in the transfer window so far this summer.

It has been a relatively quiet close season for the Owls, with the only movement being the acquisitions of youngsters Matt Young, Ed Sanders, Ryan Croasdale and Paul McElroy.

Some supporters are concerned that head coach Stuart Gray has yet to strengthen his first-team squad.

The Owls boss has told The Star he has a number of transfers on hold as he waits for Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover of the Championship club to be completed. Wednesday are still waiting for the Football League to ratify the buy-out.

Bullen, who works alongside Gray and also oversees the club’s under-21s, said: “I know the fans are frustrated over the takeover but they have to be patient. I am a fan of the club too and I’m desperate for it to be sorted out, but it is not as simple as that.”

Mammadov, the founder and chairman of the Baghlan Group, which specialises in oil, gas, construction and transportation, is ready to finance the Owls’ bid to get back into the Premier League. The Azerbaijani businessman also owns Azerbaijan side FC Baku and French Ligue 1 club RC Lens.

Gray is working to bring in reinforcements ahead of the new Championship campaign, which starts August 9.

“We don’t want to sign players for the sake of it,” insisted Bullen, who led the club to promotion from League One in 2005. “It’s about getting the right players in the right positions.”

Wednesday’s friendly with Doncaster Rovers, scheduled for Sunday July 27, will now kick off at 3pm.