Window of opportunity as Dave eyes new dawn

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FROM a table at The Star where I have a lunch-time sandwich, I can look through the window at a panorama with Hillsborough at its centre.

The other day there was a rainbow over the stadium. Could this be an omen of sunshine to come for the Owls after the rain of a miserable autumn? Well, you can dream, but it’s the earthly matter of what happens on football pitches than will determine whether or not the club lose a pot of gold by being relegated.

Forget the Cardiff game. It would have been almost a miracle if they had avoided defeat against a team with a 100 per cent home record.

Mind you, Wednesday almost did it, which says a lot for the spirit and effort that the players showed. The trouble is, you need more than just those attributes to thrive in the Championship.

From the way Dave Jones was talking after the game, he seems to think that Owls would be doing better if they had more money and more quality.

There is no way of improving that state of affairs until the next transfer window opens in January, by which time another five league games will have gone by.

The club will just have to battle on and hope that a winning blend can be found from within the present squad, and then take stock before the market reopens.

Whether Jones will still be in charge by then appears open to question. It seems inconceivable but not impossible that Milan Mandaric, who has been patient so far, will not make a change if the team just carry on losing.

The timing of such a move, if indeed that decision is to be made, can only be the subject of speculation, and no-one can be blamed for thinking that tomorrow’s game could provide either the last straw or the start of a revival.

Logic has prevailed this week, with no axe in sight after the result at Cardiff, where the performance was gritty and a defeat by such a strong side was nothing to be ashamed of.

Even if the Owls slip to a seventh successive defeat, do not rule out a staying of the chairman’s hand, and there is a derby at Barnsley looming.

He wanted no upheaval in the run-up to the Sheffield derby in February, so Gary Megson was not sacked straight after the defeat at Chesterfield.

If Wednesday win these next two matches then the outlook could become very much brighter.

I am certain that Mandaric ideally does not want to get rid of Jones. They have a good relationship, but Megson’s sacking came after a total breakdown between manager and chairman and there could be only one survivor.

Some fans are calling for Megson to return. They cannot realise how deep the rift was.

Mandaric will not believe that he got it wrong by axeing Megson and appointing a manager who improved results, clinched promotion and had an unbeaten run of 17 games.

The former boss made plain soon after his departure that he would only contemplate coming back in the future if there had been a regime change.

So even at odds of 66-1, don’t waste your money.