SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones keeping a watch on Euros

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THE excellent start to the European Championships has meant Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has enjoyed his scouting mission from afar.

With the action in Poland and Ukraine surpassing the expectations of many ahead of the tournament, Jones has been using the games to keep tabs on a number of players who could become targets for him later in the summer.

Obviously the Owls boss doesn’t want to raise Wednesdayites hopes of a raid on Manchester City for the likes of Samir Nasri, but he did suggest there are good prospects with the fringe players of some of the perceived lesser nations.

He said: “I’ve been watching the Championship and enjoying what I’ve seen. We’re obviously not in the market for the top players on the top teams but we will keep an eye on a few others out there.”

Jones has made secret of the fact that he’s out of the division that he knows least about after Wednesday’s promotion from League One. So it’s no surprise that he wants to keep fully appraised of players who may one day come into his reckoning.

Chairman Milan Mandaric would rather be challenging at the top of the Championship than scrapping for survival in the lower end.

Jones will also take an interest in the Olympic Games football tournament, which kicks off next month. “I hope it’s a success,” he told The Star. “We’re (Great Britain) in it now so we need to get behind it and enjoy it.”