Only the most out-of-touch Wednesdayites will have failed to have heard the rumblings over most of the last six months surrounding potential takeovers or investment at Hillsborough.
While Milan and his team have always been honest about how there is a need for the next owners of SWFC to have the means to take the club on to the next level - which in itself is an implicit admission that it's unlikely that Milan himself is prepared or able to resource a serious tilt at promotion - finding a suitable investor is a much longer process than simply shopping the club around and waiting for buyers to line up.
In the meantime, Milan has the responsibility to carry on his job as 'the maintenance man' - not only to keep the club going at a level that allows it to compete in the Championship, but also to protect the value of his own (considerable) investment in SWFC. It's clear that at its current level Sheffield Wednesday is still not able to wipe its own face, and therefore every day that goes by without fresh investment from outside is a day that Milan needs to continue to fund the losses the club is incurring.
The result is that both on and off the field we are in a holding pattern - treading water while the owner, completely understandably, tries to strike the right balance between maintaining an attractive investment opportunity for interested buyers and minimising his own exposure to further financial losses.
It's frustrating for us as fans - we naturally want the club to continue to progress, and the sight of the Owls in the bottom three again is a gutshot after the optimism of the end of last season. But let's put ourselves in the shoes of our Chairman, who not only has the ultimate responsibility for doing the right thing with the club, but also is between a rock and a hard place - 'throwing money at it' carries risk that few would be willing or able to take, while presiding over the current situation has led to some (unrealistic in my opinion) Owls fans calling for him to go.
Let's be honest here. If the Owls hadn't had the troubles and bad luck on the pitch that we have suffered, maybe even picking up as few as three wins so far this term, things would be rosy in the eyes of most fans. We were a whisker away on at least that many occasions - so let's not try to draw direct causality from Milan's financial decisions and the outcomes on the pitch.
All signs seem to be pointing to an imminent resolution on the most recent serious interest from potential buyers. Here's hoping that Milan is able to negotiate a deal that leaves him happy to walk away with head held high, and the Wednesday fans able to look forward to the rest of the season.
Up the Owls!
COME TO DAVY FOR BONFIRE NIGHT!
What are you doing on Bonfire Night this year? May we suggest getting down to Davy Sports Centre on Prince of Wales Road? Wednesdayite have teamed up with The Wednesday Cricket Club to put on our inaugural Bonfire Night Fireworks Spectacular - and all are welcome to come and share it with us!
The main event of the night is a stunning, multi-cannon pyrotechnics display courtesy of Epic Fireworks, but that's not all! On the programme:
- Bonfire lighting
- Children's Guy competition with prizes
- Children's play area
- Traditional food and drink
The event begins at 7pm and runs until 10pm.
So why not forget the traditional box of disappointing Standard fireworks in the back garden and get yourselves to Davy for what promises to be a brilliant Bonfire night?!
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OWLS BLOG: MATT'S ARMCHAIR VIEW OF IPSWICH
Matt Savage has a fresh view of events at Hillsborough now he's finally overcome significant anxiety issues and returned to see the Owls in the flesh - but that doesn't stop him doing his armchair blogs!
This time out, it's last weekend's tussle with the Tractor Boys:
"A huge talking point in the build up to this match was the story of Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine being sentenced to18 months in prison for two counts of assault. The club are yet to release an official statement regarding the contract of the player (which has 3 years remaining) and is expected to do so after this match. After a morale boosting performance against Brighton, the Owls were hoping Ipswich would be the match they record their first win of the season. Sitting high in 10th position though, the Tractor Boys would be no easy opponents - even though they did throw away a 1-4 lead in their last outing.
The match gets underway and a strangely subdued atmosphere surrounds Hillsborough but after 3 minutes Miguel Llera tries a through-ball for Matty Fryatt, only for the Hull City loanee to be flagged offside. On the 9th minute Ryan Tunnicliffe feeds a ball to Daryl Murphy but the former Celtic man sees his effort blocked and cleared. Cole Skuse screws a shot wide moments later as Ipswich apply pressure to the home defence but Wednesday break and earn a corner when Dean Gerken saves an Atdhe Nuhiu strike. The Owls waste the corner and Town break - lumping a ball forward which David McGoldrick latches on to, he squares the ball across the box and Paul Anderson strokes the ball home to give Ipswich a 0-1 early lead."
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AWAY COACH LATEST
Our Wednesdayite Away Coach service goes from strength to strength as the Owls establish themselves in the Championship again. Any Wednesdayite who has followed the boys away from home knows that the atmosphere and passion of Wednesday's away following is second to none - and our Wednesdayite Away Coach is the perfect way to ensure that you're a part of it!
We only use luxury coaches - we take as many as five to each match - so you can travel in comfort, a selection of food and soft drinks to keep energy levels high and raffles and quizzes to help pass the time. All of this and at very reasonable prices too - you'll struggle to get to the match and back for less!
It is also a great way to meet other Wednesdayite members and SWFC supporters - we also offer places to non-members, at a slight extra cost - members save on average over £2 per trip!
With pick-up points not only at the Wednesdayite Car Park, but also at conveniently-located spots near Sheffield's M1 junctions, it's convenient, family-friendly and fun for all.
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