Sheffield Wednesday: Mandaric targets progress

Milan Mandaric is looking at ways to take the Owls forward
Milan Mandaric is looking at ways to take the Owls forward

Milan Mandaric is making plans to ensure that Sheffield Wednesday are more successful next season.

The chairman feels “relief” that the club have stayed up and is determined that they should not be involved in another relegation battle.

He and Dave Jones are pondering decisions about out-of-contract players and identifying potential targets.

Mandaric revealed that he wants coach Stuart Gray to stay and that the Hillsborough pitch is being renovated.

With a long-term goal of the Premier League, he told The Star: “It’s a relief, staying up, but to be honest I have not had much to celebrate; I would have been celebrating if we had been in the play-offs. “On the other hand, progress has still been made; we came into a very competitive league. Our start was a bit slow because we did certain things that we’ll try not to do next season, but the second half of the season was quite good.

“It was important that we stabilised. Now the question is: how do we go forward?

“That is what we are working on now. We’ll see how far we can go.

“We need to start the season with a competitive team; there is also the loan system, the January transfer window, and a March deadline. Everybody knows what the ultimate goal is. It’s just a question of how soon we can get there.”

Mandaric has never ruled out a change of ownership as a means of progress. He still admits: “If somebody comes along and says ‘Milan, I can do it quicker and better than you’, and it’s the right person, that would be another option.”