Owls chief waiting for action to start

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MILAN Mandaric, the Sheffield Wednesday chairman, has expressed his frustration at the club’s lack of business in the transfer market this summer.

Apart from Rob Jones and David Prutton, Owls manager Gary Megson has been thwarted in his attempts to bolster his team for next season.

Mandaric and chief executive Paul Aldridge remain in discussions with Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers over signing Neil Mellor and Danny Batth respectively, but it looks unlikely either player will be drafted in before pre-season training on June 29.

“We are in touch with those two (Neil and Danny) but everything is moving slowly at the moment,” Mandaric told The Star. “We are progressing slower than I would want but I am positive that we will assemble the type of team that Gary (Megson) wants. It is frustrating. You want to get it done straight away. But sometimes you have to face facts and that these things take time.”

Megson has a midfield vacancy to fill after releasing Darren Potter. The Ireland international has moved to Wednesday’s League 1 rivals MK Dons. Potter, who made his debut at Liverpool, where Dons boss Karl Robinson is a former coach, said: “The gaffer’s somebody I’ve known for a few years. He is very enthusiastic and I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s trying to get this club to the next level. Hopefully I can be part of that.”

Aged 26, Potter went on to feature 106 times for the Owls, scoring nine goals. He notched three goals in 33 league appearances at Hillsborough last term.

Robinson said: “He’s going to bring an awful lot of experience. He’s a very good signing and cements our ambition.”

Meanwhile, the Steel City derbies have both been moved back a day. The first clash between at Bramall Lane was due to take place on Saturday October 15 but will now do so on Sunday October 16, (noon.) The fixture at Hillsborough was scheduled for Saturday February 25 but will now be on Sunday February 26, (1pm.)