Wednesday roar: Chris Evans wants to hear fabled Owls fans noise

In full voice: The Wednesday faithful support their team.
In full voice: The Wednesday faithful support their team.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday assistant manager Chris Evans wants to reward the loyalty shown by the supporters by finishing as high up in the League One table as possible.

Having recorded three wins from the last four outings, Gary Megson’s charges are searching for a seventh away success of the campaign at relegation-threatened Walsall this afternoon.

It is the first of two matches for the Owls over the Easter period. They entertain Swindon Town, another club battling for survival, on Monday.

At the Banks’s Stadium, Megson’s side will be backed by a bumper away following. In an inconsistent year, the fans have continued to get behind the team and more than 9,000 fans have already purchased season tickets for the 2011/12 campaign.

Evans told The Star: “We want to show our fans what we are all about. There will be a good number travelling to Walsall, as there always is, and we want to put on a show for them.”

He added: “I have never heard the Sheffield Wednesday roar. The gaffer told me about it several years ago when we worked at another club.

“Recently, they (the fans) have shown their applause for some of the performances that have been put together but next season I want to sample first hand what the gaffer has told me about. He has played here and knows all about it. His father has told me the same, but I want to sample it for myself. We can only do that by giving them what they want.”

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers head of youth Evans is primed to play a major role in the club’s recruitment drive in the summer.

As Megson’s trusted lieutenant, Evans’ opinion carries a certain amount of clout and he is expected to be heavily involved in the decision-making process when it comes to which players will be joining and leaving the Hillsborough club.

“We will work our socks off in the summer to bring success,” said Evans.

“But talk is cheap as anyone can talk a good game.

“Be rest assured, we are going to put a right shift in over the summer to make sure we do everything in our power to take this club forward from the very first kick of next season.”