Mandaric’s mission

Stuart Gray
Stuart Gray
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When there are always dozens of managers and coaches out of work and only a few top jobs going in the Football League at any one time, it is normal for there to be 40 or more applications whenever there is a vacancy.

That does not mean, however, that Wednesday have had plenty of choice.

Trying to appoint the right man with the right qualities can be a tricky business.

With respect to all those who have been wanting the Owls job, there did not seem to me to be a huge number of people who ticked all the boxes: available, affordable, of the necessary background and desirable calibre.

It was easy for Milan Mandaric previously.

Gary Megson was a Wednesdayite with a good managerial record, on the doorstep and looking for work.

Alan Irvine was sacked one day and Megson appointed the next.

It was the same when Megson was ditched: Dave Jones was unveiled two days later, and Mandaric even admitted that he had sounded out Jones while Megson was in work.

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