Alan Biggs at Large: Sheffield Wednesday’s new owners find themselves with the perfect challenge

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric and new Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri
Owls chairman Milan Mandaric and new Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri
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As a new owner of a football club, where would you prefer to be – near the top chasing promotion or nicely in the top half with strides to make?

Would you rather have a position where nothing needed to be fixed or one where you could make an impact and kick on? Less to lose, more to gain.

You can’t choose, of course.

But if Sheffield Wednesday were in a loftier position, the need for investment would not seem so necessary.

I’m led to believe the takeover is on the brink of ratification (within days) and the Thai backers led by Mr. Dejphon Chansiri are much needed.

That is surely the way, for the sake of their ambitions, they must like it.

Everyone hopes to make a difference.

It’s how they attempt to make that difference that is on everyone’s mind.

And a certain midweek result has surely eased some fears.

Not that Milan Mandaric, Stuart Gray, every player and an army of fans wouldn’t prefer to be right up there pushing at the door to the Premier League.

It’s still not entirely out of the question but, all things considered, Mr. Chansiri has an almost ideal starting platform.

What makes it so much stronger is that the convincing and timely 3-1 win at Millwall spares him from what would otherwise have been mounting pressure to start with a fundamental judgment; one that could so easily have proved rash.

Not so much pressure from fans, considering the respect Gray has earned, but from the nagging statistic of what would have been an eighth game without a win.

Quite conceivably, it could then have been nine with a formidable Middlesbrough due at Hillsborough on Saturday. The build-up could have been so different.

Now there is surely some leeway for Gray and my goodness he deserves it having ensured that his chairman can hand over a team as well as a club in decent nick.

Eleventh place might not seem much of a triumph but it means the Owls are currently 12 points clear of the drop and, considering the imperilled state of the side Gray stepped up to manage last season, that really is a major achievement.

Lack of goals and therefore entertainment had posed a serious threat to his reign.

Five goals in two games, albeit away from home and not easing the Hillsborough drought, have helped remove – for now, at least - what had become a major obstacle to his future.

For momentum, Gray and his players have to be bold against Boro even if it costs them. It is symbolically important to a change of mood.

As a fluid passing team, Aitor Karanka’s side will not relish the Hillsborough surface.

Wednesday ought to be aiming to get some joy from that.