Sheffield Wednesday: Mandaric won’t rule out buying another club

Milan Mandaric
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Ex-Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has admitted he may buy a fourth English club, but only after he has had a break from the sport.

The Serbian-American entrepreneur, who sold Wednesday to Dejphon Chansiri earlier this month, said: “If I said this is my last (club), I would be lying to you. If i said I am going to take a club at the end of the season, it’s also not true at this point.

“I need some rest, to pick up some of the neglected areas, like a project I have in Slovenia, and my investments in America.

“I have been so focussed here in the last four years, 80 per cent of my time was dedicated to Sheffield Wednesday. I was so emotionally touched, it was hard to turn away.

“Everyone knows I love the game, I have been in football all my life, we will see how long I can go before I get involved again.”

Mandaric is proud of his achievements at Hillsborough, citing their promotion to the Championship nearly three years ago as the highlight of his time in charge. He also takes great pride in the job he did at his former clubs; Leicester City and Portsmouth.

“My legacy is, whenever I go to my previous clubs, whether Portsmouth or Leicester, I am more than welcome,” he said. “I did what I promised to those clubs.

“I took all three clubs in big difficulties, put the heart back into the club. They have all been done to the same formula, the relationship with the supporters, knowing that it’s their club.

“That environment created special legacies which I have left at the club. Every club I left it without any further debt, and in good hands.

“Even Portsmouth, the guy did well after I left. After that something happened and it breaks my heart to see what happened to such a great club.”

Speaking to the press corps yesterday, Mandaric refused to disclose the amount of money he has ploughed into Wednesday but stressed: “I pumped whatever money in that was needed at that time.

“I always kept my business head as well.

“There’s always a lot of needs for money, the money you put in is risk money. My knowledge of football and business allowed me to control that risk, control the cost.

“In the end, if I do what I fell I am capable of doing, I can get at least my investment back. My reward is the relationship with supporters.”