We’re talking a minority here but it must be amazing to outsiders that any – let alone some – Sheffield Wednesday fans have used the Blades buy-in as a stick with which to beat Milan Mandaric.
Okay, the Owls start to the season has been a touch underwhelming. So has the level of recruitment recently and, yes, it’s understandable that supporters would like to see more money in the club. They are proud to have made Wednesday one of the best supported outfits in the Championship and hope their loyalty is reflected in results before long.
But if there is one guy on whom you can’t take out your frustration it is the man who saved your club. The Owls and their followers will be forever in Mandaric’s debt.
Yes, he’s a businessman and will look to make a profit from selling up. Nothing wrong there. What’s important is that Mandaric stepped in when no-one else would. The club has also progressed under his chairmanship.
Further, he was up front right here last spring about this being a low-key summer. Loans are a different matter and I expect a couple from the Premiership to follow. Further, I’m told that interest in the club from a Chinese group led by Sammy Yu remains strong. And let’s make clear that this is different from Sheffield United where someone has secured half of just the team. Wednesday are wholly owned by Mandaric. It would take a minimum of £20-25m to buy him out and provide him a worthwhile return.