Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ex-boss made almost 40 signings

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Dave Jones made nearly 40 signings in his 19 months as Sheffield Wednesday manager. How many can be regarded as a success?

The biggest signing of them all was Michail Antonio in a reported £750,000 deal with Reading in the summer of 2012.

Initially, he had been signed on loan by former boss Gary Megson, making his debut in the Sheffield derby which was to signal the end of Megson’s reign, Jones taking over a few days later.

Antonio went back to Reading at the end of that season but was to join the Owls during the close season, ironically after the clubs met in a pre-season friendly in Portugal at which Owls fans who had travelled over there, urged Jones to “sign him up”.

His first two signings, brought in on loan to help the club gain promotion in his first season in 2012, were Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy.

That 2012 summer or very early in the season, Jones brought in Antonio, Chris Kirkland, Anthony Gardner, Nej Pecnik, Chris Maguire, Martin Taylor, Joe Mattock, Rhys McCabe, Rodri, Kieran Lee, Diogo Amado and Danny Mayor. Amado never kicked a ball but they sold him on for a small fee.

Also brought in were Jay Bothroyd, Paul Corry and Ross Barkley.

Later on, along with a young goalkeeper Adam Davies, came Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe.

Signings in the second half of that season included Danny Pugh, Leroy Lita, Connor Wickham, Stuart Holden, Seyi Olofinjana and Steve Howard.

This season Kamal Zayatte, Atdhe Nuhiu, Jacques Maghoma, Rafael Floro and Helan, loan to permanent, for £300,000 from Man City. Latterly, Jordan Spence, Roger Johnson, Stephen McPhail, Matt Fryatt, Damian Martinez plus Olofinjana and Wickham again. Glenn Loovens was the last.