SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones plotting European trip for pre-season Owls

Waiting game: The plans of Dave Jones have been held up
Waiting game: The plans of Dave Jones have been held up
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WEDNESDAY do not know yet whether they will be in the Championship next season but it looks as if they can count on a venture into Europe this summer.

Outline plans for the club’s pre-season programme include a stay in either Portugal or Germany.

Boss Dave Jones is also lining up possible domestic fixtures.

Plans were delayed because of the uncertainty over which division the Owls will be in next season.

But the club may have arrangements in position soon.

Jones would have liked all the plans to be finalised a couple of months ago.

“It’s been a case of waiting to see which division we’re in, and people getting back to us,” he said.

For some potential opposition, at home or abroad, the Owls would be a more attractive proposition if they win promotion. But plans to go to Portugal or Germany are already being firmed up.

The hold-up in arranging the details of the summer programme is not the only issue to have been held up by the uncertainty over the outcome of the promotion battle.

The Owls can do do little work on player recruitment and have delayed talks with out-of-contract players until after they know which division they will be in.

For the last two pre-seasons the squad were taken to Austria, first by Alan Irvine, then by Gary Megson, though the two bosses used two different locations.

This weekend’s trip to Brentford is of course the main subject of attention - but the club have also asked fans to bear in mind the final game, at home to Wycombe a week on Saturday.

Already more than 21,000 tickets for home areas - two thirds of these sections - have been sold.

Wednesday supporters are in danger of missing out if they do not book early.

Ticket office manager Alastair Wilson said: “There was a high demand prior to the weekend but we have been inundated since the win over Carlisle on Saturday.

“The pattern so far is very similar to the Sheffield United game, where many supporters missed out on tickets, so I would advise our fans to ensure they

purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

“We expect this game to sell out to Wednesdayites.”

Wednesday received only 1,700 tickets for the Brentford game and these were sold a fortnight ago.