All week, I’ve had a word beginning with “P” on the tip of my tongue when faced with endless tweets containing the letter “T.” It’s the T I said would be too soon if I ever had to write it again.
The P of my response I’ve also refrained from using - until now. And no, it isn’t followed by another short word beginning with O!
Patience is the name of that word. And I haven’t used it out of respect for Sheffield Wednesday supporters who are no keener on the T for takeover than this columnist.
Because patience is an even harder sell for Owls followers than finding a buyer has been for the club itself. And understandably so.
It’s why I haven’t made that P plea and I notice that Milan Mandaric, whose empathy with fans is widely reciprocated, hasn’t done so either.
Mandaric prefers “frustration,” telling me: “There’s nothing I can do. We just have to wait. I can’t blame the Football League.
“They have been very supportive, even if procedures might be a bit slow. But it is frustrating because we are desperate to improve the team and give Stuart Gray more players, which we need.
“Hopefully we’ll have better news before the week is over.”
While we know it’s needed, patience is a big demand on loyal people who have had so much adversity to put up with across a span of 14 years. There is only so much jam tomorrow to go around.
So when something almost too good to be true turns up, the slightest suggestion that it might be snatched away is enough for anxiety bordering on panic. You really can’t blame anyone for that. But let’s strip away the emotion and try some logic.
Takeovers are often protracted and subject to delays. There is nothing unusual in what is happening to the Owls, for all the mystery over the regulatory £10m that prospective owner Hafiz Mammadov has yet, it would seem, to deposit into his French club Lens, whose promotion has been put on hold.
In truth, that would concern me more than the League ratification which is just an irritation. But there is nothing in the oil and gas magnate’s background to suggest he is anything other than a very rich man.
Further, Wednesday say all the paperwork is signed and Mammadov is technically the club’s owner already. For the rest, it’s a matter of trust in Mandaric and so far it has never failed.
The worst that could happen is that he would pick up the reins as before.
But the smart money stays on there being something worth waiting for at the end of this. If patience is asking too much, then try holding tight!