Alan Biggs: Mandaric will take care of Wednesday’s finance while Evans gamble is set to pay off for Millers

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Did I detect a little sigh of disappointment over Milan Mandaric cautioning against a major influx of new players this summer?

What Sheffield Wednesday’s owner was really saying here last week was that - barring relegation - there would be nothing like the massive overhauls of previous close-seasons at Hillsborough.

That has to be for the better, surely? The Owls are a newsy club and have fans who thirst for the next thrilling instalment but sometimes I think that football has forgotten how good it is to be settled and boring.

Not that boss Dave Jones won’t be pushing for some extra quality, or that there won’t be moves in and out. But being newsy does not always equate to headlines of the really meaningful sort - as Wednesdayites well know.

Jones needs a settled base and it’s Mandaric’s job to ensure the Owls continue to progress without again endangering the club with debts.

n Some people never know when to stop. On the night a 71-year-old won his 13th English league title I learned of a 52-year-old former England star who can’t find a peg to hang up his boots.

He and his manager were entertaining table-mates at the Star and Green ‘Un sports awards on Monday. “He sits somewhere in front of the back four,” said the boss of Greenhill White Hart of the Meadowhall Premier League.

The player is former Owls legend Chris Waddle. His last appearance was at the temporary ground of Penistone Church whose home is being renovated. The only shower facilities were a nearby river!

Incredible, too, that ex-Blades great Alan Hodgkinson has only just retired from coaching at nearly 77. “Hodgy” won the Derek Dooley Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday when Waddle was also honoured.

n There was no margin for error in Rotherham United’s controversial appointment of Steve Evans. Either he would succeed with promotion or be deemed to fail given the Millers’ wage expenditure.

But they’re poised for promotion and if you’re going to kick a man for missing out, you have to applaud him for squeezing in (as in the case of the third automatic spot).