Milan and Megson plot summer signings for Sheffield Wednesday

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CHAIRMAN Milan Mandaric has confirmed he will speak to manager Gary Megson today to discuss Sheffield Wednesday’s summer recruitment drive.

Megson, whose record reads won four, lost nine and drawn three since succeeding Alan Irvine at the helm, is poised to have a sit-down chat with Mandaric and chief executive Paul Aldridge as he aims to transform the Owls’ fortunes.

It is thought the trio will chat about potential transfer targets and also have a conversation about how many of the club’s out-of -ontract players are to be retained.

After being left out of the 2-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion for contractual reasons, captain Tommy Miller’s uncertain situation is likely to crop up.

Along with James O’Connor, Jermaine Johnson, Lewis Buxton and Richard Hinds, the midfielder’s deal expires come the end of the campaign.

Mandaric told The Star: “I think we are safe now from going down so we are starting to look to the future.

“It has been difficult to look too far ahead because we have not known whether we are going to stay up or not. We are now starting to prepare for next season. We have to do it in the right way and we can’t leave any room for error.”

He added: “I am going to meet with Gary and we will see what’s what for next year. We will discuss how many players he might need to take us to the next level.”

On season ticket sales, the multi-millionaire businessman added: “We have sold around 9,000. I am very pleased to have that many signed up for next year. It is encouraging for the club and for myself. Now we have to do our jobs and give them something to cheer about.”

Meanwhile, the date of Megson’s personal hearing for the misconduct charge levelled at him by the Football Association (FA) following his post-match comments to the media about referee Steve Rushton against Dagenham and Redbridge last month will be revealed today.

He has denied the charge and claims the official had been influenced by a conversation with Daggers boss John Still at half-time. He could be given a touchline ban.

It finished 1-1 after Still’s relegation battlers were awarded a controversial late penalty, converted by Danny Green.