Wednesday take to Sky with live TV cash boost

'We'll adapt': Gary Megson
'We'll adapt': Gary Megson
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are to let the plane take the strain as they face a spell of two games in less than 48 hours.

They will fly to Bournemouth on Friday after playing Blackpool at Hillsborough tomorrow evening and before they take on the Cherries at Dean Court on Saturday afternoon.

John Hills in his Sheffield Wednesday days

John Hills in his Sheffield Wednesday days

The Owls normally travel to all away games by coach but Gary Megson advocated the switch to the air to reduce the time spent travelling.

Wednesday will still have precious little time to prepare for the Bournemouth game.

The closeness of the two fixtures will also be a severe drain on their playing resources. But the sweetener is a £100,000 fee for live transmission by Sky of the Carling Cup tie against Blackpool. The match was fixed for Thursday rather the Owls’ usual match night of Tuesday, because the TV company selected it.

Megson regards the timing as being not ideal but he accepts the financial implications.

“It brings £100,000 into the club, and it was something I was party to, though I didn’t particularly want to do it,” he explained.

“We’ll just have to adapt.

“I can’t promise that we’ll be fielding the same 11 who played against Rochdale, and we’ll be flying to Bournemouth because of the time scale.

“It’s unfortunate that this could be near enough a reserve game.”

Blackpool may not field a full-strength side but they have more of an incentive to do so, with their subsequent League game not being played until Sunday, at home to Peterborough. They then go to Derby next Wednesday.

After playing Bournemouth, Wednesday face Bury away on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, former Wednesday left back John Hills has been appointed as Blackpool’s head of youth after working with the Seasiders’ youth department for several months.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of coaching over the last few years.

“I’ve been coaching kids at grassroots level. I coached the youth team at Fleetwood Town and their under 16s.

“I’m a Blackpool fan and I can’t wait to start in this position. It’s another step up the ladder for me.”

Hills, aged 33, was dogged by injuries during his spell with the Owls, from 2005. He left in 2007 and signed for Blackpool.

He was released by the Seasiders in 2008 and played in non-League football.