VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday - Waddle backs Owls manager

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Wednesday legend Chris Waddle is urging the Owls to stick with Dave Jones.

He told The Star “It is a change of football they need, not a change of manager. Getting rid of managers doesn’t solve anything.

Chris Waddle is an admirer of Dave Jones

Chris Waddle is an admirer of Dave Jones

“If they had Jose Mourinho in charge or Sir Alex Ferguson came out of retirement and he took over, it wouldn’t make a difference. It is about the players you’ve got.”

Wednesday’s lack of financial clout makes it difficult for them to compete in the upper echelons of the Championship, says the former England winger and Footballer of the Year.

He said: “People say Dave has brought a lot of players in on loan or full-time. He’s had to get players within a certain wage bracket. He was after Billy Sharp but he was on unbelievable wages and the club said ‘we can’t pay that’. Fans have got to look at what’s out there in Wednesday’s price range.

“I think everything boils down to money. Dave gives everything he has got and tries to get players in, but Wednesday’s wage structure is nowhere near the top 10 to 14 sides in that league.”

Waddle, a Sheffield resident, divides his time between watching his old club and his media commitments. He feels Jones should be given time to alter the Owls style of play.

“I think Gary Megson started something off,” he said.

“He made them quite physical and a direct, powerful team. They got joy with it.

“Dave carried it on. He is trying to change it gradually by bringing in players such as Stephen McPhail and Seyi Olofinjana who want to get on the ball a bit more.

“It is going to take a long time.

“They can’t sign loads of players like some clubs in that league who want to be in the Premier League tomorrow. “

Waddle was at Hallam FC to launch “Grounds for Improvement” from Capital One, offering one grassroots ground the chance to win a makeover worth up to £75,000. Visit