Sheffield Wednesday: Jones and Mowbray two of a kind

Rivals Tony Mowbray and Dave Jones have a lot in common
Rivals Tony Mowbray and Dave Jones have a lot in common
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He is a manager who has drawn the last game 2-2 because of a late opposition equaliser, has yet to win at home, and sees this Saturday’s match both as an opportunity and a tough test before the international break.

He has also made inquiries about many players and is keen to strengthen his side but is finding it hard to land the right ones ahead of next Monday’s deadline.

He lost his right back early in the last game, and has been linked with Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

It sounds like Dave Jones but it is also Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray, and the two will be rivals at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Boro full back Frazer Richardson went off in the seventh minute of his team’s 2-2 draw at Wigan on Sunday, the Owls’ Lewis Buxton at half time of the stalemate against Millwall.

One difference between the two managers appears to be that Mowbray is able to move into the market without having to offload players first.

But he will not signing players at all if he cannot get the ones he wants.

“That’s where you make mistakes in the transfer market, because of the external pressure of signing players because you can,” he says, “and generally they are not the right players.

“You go to war with the type of players you want.

“Managers live or die by their signings doing well or not doing well.”

Mowbray has made bids for Leeds striker Ross McCormack, who scored a briliant equaliser in the 1-1 draw with the Owls and hit the winner in a 2-1 win at Ipswich at the weekend.

The Boro boss has also been on the trail of Norwich and ex-Leeds forward Luciano Becchio and his team-mate defender Daniel Ayala.

Jones wants three new players, Mowbray “three or four.” The Boro chief says: “It’s proving more difficult than we might have hoped but we aren’t the only team in English football not being able to put that jigsaw puzzle together.”

Like Wednesday, his team lost their first two games 2-1. Boro’s were both at home, to Leicester in the league and Accrington in the Capital One Cup.

Unlike the Owls, Boro have won, 1-0 away to Charlton, and they drew 1-1 at home to Blackpool.

Looking to Saturday, Mowbray said: “It’s a tough challenge against a big, strong and physical Sheffield Wednesday team.”

Meanwhile, the Owls are thought to be interested in taking Stoke goalie Jack Butland on loan.