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30 Jul 2014 19:22:26
apparently we are on the verge of signing tom lees from leeds, should be confirmed tommorow

dunc726

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30 Jul 2014 21:31:55
Wouldn't be a bad signing but I can't see it happening unless he's available for free.

Strad

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30 Jul 2014 22:21:43
According to the blah it a done deal, he'll sign a 3 year deal tomorrow, no fee involved, as the Leeds 'manager' doesn't want him

starman

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31 Jul 2014 09:04:43
Roy Contout from the French club Sochaux I hear is another triallist.

SussexOwl

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31 Jul 2014 09:28:43
Then if he's for free then yes we'll sign him I suppose.

Strad

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31 Jul 2014 10:17:34
Padding out the squad. We need numbers whether they're free or not, hopefully sign someone good on loan soon like Wilson from Man.U. or Chris Wood.

smokinblunts

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It reads on ssn that it's an undisclosed fee. What could this mean!!

kimmii30

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This could be the signing of the season the lad is still young and got thrown straight in at the deep end at leeds with a lot of poor players around him he had so much potential a couple of seasons ago so good move, well done SG

Eckington Owl

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31 Jul 2014 16:55:28
Signed for undisclosed fee

starman

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31 Jul 2014 17:05:22
Squad number just released and we don't have a number 11. ? who do you think we will sign to be our number 11?

LiaamSWFC

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I don't wanna right this Roy Contout off before we see him but 19 goals in over 200 games doesn't sound like much of a striker Reda scored more from Defence.

SWezFC

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You're absolutely write

Brightonyowl

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31 Jul 2014 19:36:01
maybe he wasn't getting the write service from his team-mates!

mexowl

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Really don't know why we let Reda go.

LMN

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01 Aug 2014 08:00:58
We let him and seven other out field players go nearly three months ago so, that we could replace them with a far better squad of players, Can you not see how well the plan has worked so far. Don't worry be happy.

south Owl

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01 Aug 2014 09:11:15
The plan has worked so far. The players we have brought in are of a higher standard. It takes time for these things to come together.

LondonOwl1984

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01 Aug 2014 11:25:12
We have until next May we will then know if its worked. Just one final point, apart from the eight outfield players, we are also minus the three premiership strikers who kept us up. As you say its worked so far.

south Owl

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Maybe, just maybe contout is not a striker.

BD2OWL

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01 Aug 2014 13:16:24
Yes it has worked so far. We played some great football without those 'three' premiership strikers. Not sure who the third premiership striker is you are talking bout, but anyway. Like I said, these things take time. Our first eleven is looking pretty good. It is just a case of not panic buying and bringing in the quality players. If that takes a bit of time then we have to be patient.

LondonOwl1984

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South owl. when are you going to deliver your much anticipated lecture on "the dynamics of asbechistan"?

Brightonyowl

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01 Aug 2014 17:57:47
Would you be more interested in the political, business and banking dynamics of Azebaijan.
Specifically regarding the nepotism that is rife within the country, therefore calling into doubt the ability of any business to trade on merit. and the consequences. I think you can make your own mind up.
Just as long as you have your opinion, so let's hear it Brighton Owl.

south Owl

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Just done some research and Roy Conout is a Right Winger or Secondry Striker so that might be why he hasn't scored too many goals.

SWezFC

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Thats quite an intelligent and informed summary, South Owl
If that is "all your own work" why would you make a statement like "the plan has not worked so far" when we're still over a week away from our first match?
You also continue to absolutely deny any appreciation of the situation that obtains with our club regarding the takeover?
Surely someone with such a grasp on the economy of Azerbaijan, must be able to recognise that our squad situation will improve rapidly in terms of both numbers and quality once the deal is rubber stamped.
Just to clarify the players who were released were all released because there contracts were at an end.
If they were not seen as part of our future it would be unfair to them and their families not to allow them to try to secure a future for themselves - that's how football works!
Such an informed person must appreciate that also?

hOWLer

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27 Jul 2014 07:45:31
Takeover delayed announcement before Brighton game hopefully. due diligence completed.

rbfowl

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27 Jul 2014 08:16:12
worrying!

superslick45

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27 Jul 2014 08:36:44
Whats even more worrying is that the new owner is so short of time, he finds time to fly over to London to tell Milan he's short of time

south Owl

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Again people are still negative.
I don't understand why people keep going on about he's had no time but he's managed to fly to London to tell mm that he's had no time. He hasn't just come for a coffee meeting. Perhaps he has been busy and he's flown over the moment he had time to sort out FL ratification things and plan the way forward for the club with MM.
Wish people would stop looking through every statement /story for negatives that actually aren't there.
UTO keep the faith!

Super Owls

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He flew to London for a meeting with the Football Lge - and Milan.
The Lens President flew from France to London for a meeting with him there also.
Presumably because as was honestly stated he was short of time?

hOWLer

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27 Jul 2014 09:30:48
I suggest you read the statement carefully. The regulatory requirements are not yet complete.
This refers to source & sufficiency of funds. In other words show us your cash or take a hike.
It is not being negative to think for yourself, it is not being disloyal to club or make you a bad supporter to make a rational conclusion from known facts.
I believe the mans got a cash flow problem, that's the timing of money coming in and going out.
Its not a crime, but for gods sake I wish people would just for once stop being the cheer leader of SWFC and think for themselves. We all won't it to happen, but I refuse to be a lemming.

south Owl

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The statement clearly says that "due diligence has been completed", that would include all the financial elements of the takeover deal.
It is the Foottball League regulatory requirements that are not yet completed.
We obviously don't know what they are, but they are obviously not a major concern for MM or HM so we lemmings can relax I guess.

hOWLer

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27 Jul 2014 10:14:27
I love creatative reading and the way some people don't let the facts get in the way of their point of view. Having read the statement several times I can't find any reference to source and sufficiency of funds. What is says is that the club will hopefully soon be in a position to complete the regulatory requirements set by the Fooball League. Maybe you were at the meeting with MM and HM and if you were than I apologise and bow th your greater knowledge, if you weren't then don't make it up a you go along. When a take over is put to the FA, the FA set certain dead lines for the take over, one of the most importance is the funding of the takeover because if the proposed buyer can't prove he has the funds the FA stop the process quickly, as was the case with Doncaster Rovers. I would have thought by now that, that deadline would have come and gone. I would suspect that there are a lot more regulations to be completed than source and sufficiency of funds. Keep the faith. UTC

Derbyshire Owl

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The statement reads the club have done their due diligence not the football league and will HOPEULLY be in a position to complete the football leagues requirements soon, that reads to me like there is either a hold up or a problem with the funds.

Milan expects us all to now to wait till the 8th August 23 days before the transfer window shuts before letting us know where things are. What then another delay until 31 August then yet again 15,000 tickets sales into Milan pocket - money into the club and new signing nil. This man is taking us all for mugs and we are letting him. We should be organising a reception for Milan at the first home game to show him, our disapproval for being treated like mugs yet again by him.

Sheff6

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Takeover will happen it just when.
People stop having a go at the club
support the team wawaw.

madowl

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Well its funny aswell how leyton orient seem to have been sorted, jobi mcanuff? great signing for them

dunc726

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27 Jul 2014 10:46:13
So what's your take on it, you say you would have thought by now, and you would suspect. I can see you have you finger on the pulse alright.
The guts of the regulatory requirements are do you have the CASH, and are you the sole person behind the takeover. So what other part are you referring to.

south Owl

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27 Jul 2014 11:30:47
Isn't it refreshing to see that we as Wednesday fans have soooooo many experts who quite clearly understand high level take over business than a multi successful business Man!
How comes so many are privy to what's happening behind the scenes? Oh I know your the experts!!
What ever happens will be down to people and the FL who make decisions and not on people who don't know one end of a business deal to the other.
Suggestion is leave it to the professionals
UTO

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Some real tripe written above.
Firstly without benefit of rich owner club would quickly go under. Stupid management and Wednesdayite took club to brink and to bring it back will cost a fortune. Only way out is to get promoted to PL.

Without milan we would not exist so get real.

The deal was leaked in France far earlier than Mandaric had wanted. mammadov had not complated his due dilligence of club, this is now complete.
Furthermore Mammadov has to satisfy owners test. They have to indicate where wealth has come fom and if you are front man of a government in a developning nation not as easy as taking your last wage slip along.
Mammadov is very wealthy and has income from numerous sources on regualr basis, issue is showing it to FL in amanner acceptable to both parties. he knows what is required and gone away to produce details.

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Statement to me reads in a positive sense that although they would have liked to have had it completed by now, the problems that HM has had with his other businesses mean that he hasn't been able to give the time to complete the deal. The fact that it seems as though as much paperwork as possible has been completed and it seems like all the financial parts of the takeover are sorted it looks to me that all that is required is for HM to come here and sign all the bits that he needs to.

SWFC13

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Sheff6, you say we have no signings. Did you miss that we have signed Westwood and Hutchinson?

SWFC13

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27 Jul 2014 11:58:25
CLUB STATEMENT: Head over to swfc.co.uk for the latest update on the takeover process --> bit.ly/1otfLwx #swfc

Link for all you experts

Chazandhaz

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Why all the excitement of signing hutchinson injury prone how many games will he play just another freebie

bgh

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Chaz - most of the above posts, which started before 8am, are related to the statement on the Official Club Website which you have kindly provide a link to.

hOWLer

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27 Jul 2014 13:16:54
South Owl, I use the terms "have thought" and "suspect" because I don't know what the FA want and with the greatest respect neither do you, unless as I said before you were at the meeting or are privy to information from the FA. But I do know some of the hurdles you have to get over when a business takeover takes place because I have been involved in a few takeovers. But my takeover experience doesn't include a football club so I can't comment on what is required by the FA, MM and HM. I like everyone else wants to see the takeover completed as soon as possible, but I will or won't happen given time.

Derbyshire Owl

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27 Jul 2014 15:57:55
SWFC13 we have released 8 players end of last season, an 4 loan players and we have sign an injury plague keeper and a defender who when now getting sent off (2 of 7 appearances last season) is injured. These are not signing , a centre back under 30, or a right back that does spend most of the season on the treatment table or a striker who is better than 1 in 6 these are signing. wqe have the poorest squad in the division as it stand. Totown have signed mre players than us and the free they have got look a lot better than what we have got.

I far that Stuart is going to get found out this season as he is a great coach but a shocking manager, and in the modern game you need to be good off the field as well as being good on the training round. If you have limited funds to bring players in don't blow it all on a back up keeper, bring in a striker or at least try and the 34 year old Branda does not count.

Sheff6

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Plague?. it's more serious than I thought

Brightonyowl

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I think Nuhiu will suprise a lot of us this season now he knows the English game and he's settled I think he could bag us 15 to 20 goals a season.

SWezFC

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28 Jul 2014 08:40:32
I have no doubt that the takeover will happen but like us all I do wish it would happen soon! My house move has been dragging on for months, so you can imagine how much more complicated buying a football club is. My worry for SG is that because it is dragging on he doesn't get his squad sorted for the season, we get off to a bad or indifferent start and it costs him his job. I have no idea if he is a good manager or not yet but he seems a decent sort. It would be a shame for his chance to be ruined through no fault of his own

REVO

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28 Jul 2014 17:15:33
Nuhiu 20 goals a season? Hope your right but can't see that myself?

Chazandhaz

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Sheff6 you came out with a blanket statement saying we have no signings when we did. Also Westwood, injury prone? As far as I can see he injured his hand as a teen and played a combined total of 262 games for two clubs over 7 seasons, before moving to Sunderland where he didn't get to play as much as he wanted as he got stuck behind a very good keeper in Mignolet. That doesn't sound injury plagued to me. As for Hutchinson, i'm sure our physios are compentant and that he passed a medical before signing for us so hopefully the worst is behind him.

Yes we need some more players but what are we going to do, magic money out of thin air. MM doesn't want to put too much more money in as he hopes it won't be his club soon and HM doesn't want to spend any money just in case his takeover doesn't happen (although that statement that was released reads to me that it just requires the final paperwork signing). I have a feeling that we will have to rely heavily on the loan market till the winter transfer window as I think the takeover may happen too late for this one, but I have no problem with that, we have done well with loans in the last couple of seasons

SWFC13

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28 Jul 2014 21:08:06
The only way he will score more than ten is if he actually decides to run! His effort for the most part of last season was laughable and not acceptable for a Wednesday player. He has had a good start in pre season but then so have I at Sunday league level and I know I won't reach 20 goals. He says he loves the club but his performances need to show it not just his celebrations from the bench when somebody else scores.

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If Mandaric is so confident that there is no issue with the take over and he is super confident Mama is the right man for the clubs future. Why does he not sort out a short term bridging loan so players can be signed to give Stu a realistic chance and not just damage limitation till the loan market kicks in Sept. We have a lot to thanks Mandaric for but he is an excellent businessman and let's not forget he bought our 28million debt for £1 and negotiated and settlementment fee of £8m. He has took out of the club 3.5miilion a year which was the interest paid annually to the bank into his own business. He has now got his £8m back and a further £30m on the sale. All this by not spending a penny on the squad Antonio and loans have all come out of running money not his pocket. He knows what to say and when to say it and when to keep quiet. Thanks MM for saving us but your gamble on next to zero investment can't work for a third season my fear is our luck on this one may run out. Tried not to be too negative but it is difficult guys. UTO

Andymacscoresagoal

{Ed001's Note - the club's accounts will be locked to all but standard incomings and outgoings during the takeover. Any extras would have to be subject to agreeing more contracts, as they won't be included in the initial deal made. It would not be worth the hassle to draw all that up, with all the necessary clauses etc. It could take longer than the takeover to agree the details.}

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Benno you are right. You won't score 20 goals this season. Not with that attitude!

Radon Barrier

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29 Jul 2014 10:52:42
Radon, not sure I get your point but your right I won't get 20 goals. My point on nuhiu is that he looked overweight and sluggish last season and needs to hit the ground running this year to prove people like me wrong. Don't mistake my want for Wednesday to win for wanting others to fail because I don't but when I watch the team I love I expect the people playing to put in the same effort that you or I would if we ever got the chance to turn out in the blue and white

Benno6owl

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I thought your post was quite clear mate, but we do have a couple of odd balls on this site constantly trying to stir things up.
Hopefully Nuhiu will pull his finger out this season and bag us a load.
Not sure where else the goals are going to come from at this point.

LMN

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Benno. I was meant you need to be more confident if you are going to bag a few a this season for yourself. You should always go on the pitch thinking you are going to win and score. Personally I think Nuhiu is good enough to get 20 goals but I don't think he will get the chance because when the takeover happens I think there will be big changes in personnel and he will be one of the casualties. On one hand we poached him from a prem club where he was training last year (Holloway was not happy at the time) and has scored some good goals - QPR for example. On the other hand he does appear a bit lazy at times and goes long spells without scoring. Easily a championship player though.

Radon Barrier

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Nuhiu is just the same as everyone else who has struggled up front for us over recent seasons. all the strikers need the service fron wide and midfield we have not had that quality for a long time. As far back as probably Lee Chapman/ Mark Bright were not the most skillfull or pacey of attackers but they had Sheridan Waddle Marwood Worthington & Roland putting real quality in the box. That is where your 20 goals come from. Give him the service he will put it in the onion bag

Andymacscoresagoal

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Just blast it at him you can't miss him surly! We could nickname him "barn door"

cheltowl

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30 Jul 2014 13:43:25
Ben 10 could be on his way to S6 again Reports claim the 23 year old is intersting the Owls. Unfortunately me thinks he could be 24 years old when it comes to fruition!!!!!! Stuart Gray for knighthood. Just think how we all feel with the lack of a squad and how apprehensive we are all getting (maybe not all) What on earth must Stuart Gray be thinking knowing he can get a coaching job almost anywhere in england. let's hope he gets us on his CV as a massive achievement and is rewarded accordingly. Mind you Manadaric will take all the credit he can't lose with SG being the pawn in his plan.

Andymacscoresagoal

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26 Jul 2014 21:33:45
This is a strange one. I was talking to my mate who works at Scunthorpe utd and he said Llera was on trial with them today but he is not sure they will be able to sign him as he is coming back to train with us on Monday!

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26 Jul 2014 19:57:15
I have heard a rumour that the takeover will be sometime this week. A friend who is a freelance sports photographer who works at press conferences for all the Yorkshire clubs was supposed to be going on holiday this week but he was advised that he should hold off on this because of the possibilty of a conference being announced. Before I get ripped apart for this as has happened before when I post a rumour on this rumour site, I want to stress that this a RUMOUR and not FACT. My friend may have been given duff information, not for the first time, but he has to take it at face value as if he missed the conference announcing our takeover he could miss out on a decent payday.

SWFC13

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To all the negatives out there (too many)! If it often takes 2/3/4 months to buy a house for the normal man, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUY A MASSIVE COMPANY?? Be patient, stop MOANING (already?) Trust MM/SG

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26 Jul 2014 19:01:21
Rumour going around Madine is off, could be Millwall although Carlisle United want a loan until Xmas and will pay half wages. Could be worth letting him go with a view to a recall as it does not seem like he is high in the pecking order, Maguire is ahead of him and S. G. wants to sign TWO strikers. Must make him feel like he has little future at MASSIVE H. Q.

kentowl

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Madine will not play for us again, he's no chance, we didn't need him last season and we can go forward without him,

Nofatbirds

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Sorry kent owl we can't afford to let anyone go at the moment, we will be strugling to put out a team for the start of the season

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26 Jul 2014 13:26:23
While everyone is moaning about squad, what alternatives do we have.

We have no money to spend under MM, very thankful to him for saving us and not selling us to persons (yet to be proven, but still confident).

Mamma is not going to buy players until he is confirmed.

So if we want to moan direct it to where the problem is, the FL - but these things take time. As ed's said to one of my posts earlier; fl didn't start looking at ratification until mamma had sorted fc lens issue, so probably won't be for a good few weeks.

If transfer window is closed, then money will be spent on loan deals, before we all moan, it's better than not having them.

We all have to be patient and cut our cloth accordingly.

But the future.

Deswaddle

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We have to be patient there is not a problem, these things take time. More time than you or I think necessary but the end result will be good for us. I trust MM and if we think about it he has never let us down, just wait and believe - we will get there UTO forever

eric the owl

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Donot bother posting usually but hearing strong rumurs the takeover has all but collapsed. Phone calls are not being returned and people's patience is wearing thin. Typical, we'll be a laughing stock with the Blunts now with some 3rd World Sponsor across our shirts - worse than their Malta sponsor from a few years ago.

kentowl

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Swap e for u

rbfowl

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25 Jul 2014 23:14:06
RC Lens have had their appeal against the FFL's decision to refuse their promotion upheld, and a recommendation that their promotion to the top tier should stand has been made to the French Football Lge.
The FFL must now decide whether to reverse their earlier decision and allow RC Lens to take their rightful place next season.
Hope this helps allay the fears of some of our doom merchant fans?
Perhaps our (spoof) Lens fan might like to give us another post?

hOWLer

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26 Jul 2014 06:41:14
During the next four and a half weeks we have nine games, we are 8 out field players short from last season, a further three players who missed nearly two weeks of pre season. When will this club learn the lesson, if you do not have the staff you get few points up to Christmas, we have only survived borrowing Premiership strikers. If you start pre season with less than 12 outfield players, that's what you call doom merchant time. Forget the takeover, look at the big picture.

south Owl

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26 Jul 2014 08:21:39
He might be back off his hols now howler .

S20 OWL

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South owl - the takeover IS the big picture!
That is the very reason why we have not been able to grow the squad - yet!
We'll be fine - this is the real world and you can't have everything you want NOW!
Things that are worth having, are worth waiting for.

hOWLer

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Nice one S20, you picked up a couple of quick "disagrees" so you probably right!

hOWLer

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Can't have everything now, it would be nice if for one season at least if we could buy decent players not past it 30 something's and have them in before pre season tour starts, looking like our marquee signing may be Andy Johnson.

bramleyowl

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26 Jul 2014 10:20:43
Howler

Just relax, this is a site for opinions, and rumours OK. Just chill mate. I too would love everything to fall in place, have a full squad of quality players, look as if we are away to a flyer, tell me is that what you see. I saw my first Wednesday match in 1951, I think therefore I am in a reasonable position to have an opinion worth its salt, but thanks for your illuminating thoughts on all matters Wednesday, and remember this site is a team game. One final thing please tell me that you have inside information, then I can go away and just watch quality players appear between now and Christmas.

south Owl

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South Owl
I'm totally relaxed, I was responding to your comment about "when will the club learn a lesson", because I realise that the situation changes from season to season, and I'm judging from where we are today, i. e. not even at Day1 yet with the New Regime!
So we can't compare this pre-season to last pre-season, or any other season before, and you or somebody else will have to explain to me how we are supposed to increase the playing staff until the governing body have given us the OK to do so?
Not that it counts for anything at all, but I was 11yo when I went to my first game in Spurs double winning season 1960-61 when we finished runners-up, but as I say that or any other season since, has nothing at all to do with anything that's happening today has it South Owl.

hOWLer

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26 Jul 2014 11:32:09
Howler
So dealing with the present, the here and now, what your take on the present squad and its ability to challenge for say the play offs. We were at the same match in 1960/61

south Owl

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26 Jul 2014 11:32:15
It's clearly obvious what will happen over the next few months due to the lack of players and failure to improve the squad. We end up propping the league up as per usual and poor old SG gets the sack. I for one won't be blaming SG if and when it happens.

Strad

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The current squad is totally inadequate, everybody, even with half a brain, would acknowledge that.
But that same person should also realise that as as soon as we are in a position to, we will be bringing in players of a much better standard than we have seen in the recent past, and we will be constantly striving to make a steady improvement in the squad and performances, month on month, year on year.
The new owner has not had the chance to tell us his plans in full yet, but he has let it be known that he has ambitions to take us to the Prem, and the Lens promotion in his first year in charge should indicate that he doesn't seem the kind of guy to hang around?
BUT he can't even start that process until he is ALLOWED to start!
IMO - We as fans should look at the facts, take no notice of the gutter press, accept the situation for what it is - i. e. totally out of the clubs control! and be just a LITTLE patient.
Let HM get hold of the reins and have a go at driving us forward before we start condemning anybody or relegating our team a month before we've even kicked a ball. that's all I ask.

hOWLer

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26 Jul 2014 15:39:57
Are you talking about the size of the squad, or the quality of player or both. What would you suggest in millions would make us competitive and in line for play offs. I was thinking anyone with the other half of a brain would be thinking 15million over 2 yrs. would that be allowable bearing in mind club rules and losses.

south Owl

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Howler, the most sensible post I have read on here in weeks

EdaleOwl

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Well said hOWLer, couldn't agree more.
Patience though is not an easy virtue to possess, and this summer has really tested our resolve and continues to do so!
On a positive note, even if things do not go to plan, we have a great guy at the helm in Stuart Gray. I believe that given time and the right support he can be one of the best we've had at SW6. And like several of the above posters, I have been a regular since just before that great 60's team, having seen some good managers in that time - Harry Catterick probably the pick of them ( would have said big Ron as well had it not been for his love affair with Villa )
Come on FL!

Sleaford owl

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26 Jul 2014 19:12:32
Stuart Grey in my opinion saved our season last year from an impossible situation. he needs full support from every one who has Sheffield Wednesday at heart. Good luck to the Owls this year

south Owl

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Yeah I agree.
Regardless of what happens with the takeover, although I'm sure it will happen. We have signed a solid centre half in Loovens and a good prospect midfielder/full back with Hutchinson.
Onwards and upwards.

LMN

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25 Jul 2014 12:59:39
Hillsborough football ground to have work done improving it. Source a relative works for company who's gunna be doing it. Wawaw

Theowl1

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25 Jul 2014 14:31:43
All summer, nothing happens. First game at Hillsborough less than a week away so they start work on it, strange!

Chesowl

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Just what iv been told n as this is a rumours site thought I'd put it on n see what other people thought.

Theowl1

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25 Jul 2014 16:45:29
So where's the money going to come from for this improvement of the ground?

Strad

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I would assume from big mamma when takeover is completed.

Theowl1

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Take a wild guess

Brightonyowl

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Nothing wrong with that Theowl. It's nice to hear a rumour that's not transfer or 'R'related. Obviously minor work can be done throughout the season, it's not like we are going to start ripping the Leppings lane end down. UTO

JamOwl

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25 Jul 2014 10:59:04
Sheffield Wednesday will sign Alassane Toure on a free from RC Lens. The centre back has recently been on trial with derby county. UTO

S20OWL

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25 Jul 2014 11:49:37
As any one here reached the end of their tether regarding takeover, pass over, makeover last supper. The 4th consecutive pre season, no striker to call our own. we should be called the loan arranger.
Football on the cheap. Due to this we have started poorly each year, blamed the manager each year, brought in people who made us safe, only to go back to there own clubs fitter, and out of each for the Owls, but not so with clubs who have ambition, get it sorted.
And please don't say it is, because in the real world the Football League have a real problem with the present takeover speculation.

south Owl

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This is the last time I will say this, these things take time, man city's take over took 4 months to ratify, just be patient and the good times will roll, so to answer your question south owl, I am not sick of it!

EdaleOwl

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I have been watching Wednesday for 53 years and they have always had the same approach to fans. We are kept in the dark, promised the earth and given nothing. If there is a problem with the take over or if everything is OK why doesn't MM tell the fans something, KEEP us informed!

lincolnowl

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25 Jul 2014 13:59:22
Press conference due at 16.30 today, Its party time at SWFC.
Watch ssn upto then for updates.
THE DEAL IS DONE, WAWAW.

craigowl craigowl

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Whats happend to the two players we were going to sign whilst the team was away on tour

bustermick

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Ya north owl, I ve splashed out £440 for a season ticket in the north stand first time i, ve bought one for 8 years now begining to wonder if i, ve done the wright thing

bustermick

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Reading your pessimism buster you probably have done the wrong thing. I've bought another for god knows how many years and I love going to watch Wednesday. I obviously want success for the team like any other supporter across the country but it's not guaranteed. What I suggest is you turn up and appreciate what the lads and SG are trying to achieve OR give your ticket to someone else who would appreciate it but can't afford it.

Super Owls

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Have you done the "wright" thing?. whave wyou?

Brightonyowl

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25 Jul 2014 17:13:34
why do people keep going on and on about this take over. Look at HM Wpedia page he tells you he is the owner of SWFC and Lens and FC Baku. MM has got the money in his Bank but as he is no longer the owner why is he going to dip is hand into his own pocket to sanction players. His job now is to manage HM money and see it is spent in the right areas.

It does my head in about how people keep getting so negative and keep on about free transfers etc mid table finish. let's be honest we all know what budgets are like in the championship and unless you have millions in parachute payments where you have been relegated who shells out 5 million on a striker in our league. I don't care what rock stars have inside information and who has afternoon tea with MM, the deal is done the only ones who can put a spanner in the works is the FL. The reason they can do this is because HM is in deep trouble and he can damage our club. Otherwise have faith and be patient it is not a 5 minute job and won't happen in a week.

london owl

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Press conference at 16. 30, Really. What time is it. eeerrrr.

EccOvOwl

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25 Jul 2014 21:04:02
London Owl I do not disagree with what you are saying, but have you read the background of our possible new owner, do you understand the dynamics of azbechistan and who actually runs the banks and the country etc, If you have you should be worried

south Owl

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Do you also understand the dynamics of Azerbaijan?. that might be more relevant

Brightonyowl

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I fully agree with what you are saying. But what we must remember is MM is dealing with a businessman who has transfered the funds and this is his account I presume. I don't think MM has nothing to fear as he is not waiting for a cheque to clear from Ronnie and Reggie.

london owl

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Super owl all I am trying to say is that us wednesdayites are always promised so mutch but given very little i, m begining to think this is a ploy to get us to part with cash every time the season tickets come on sale

bustermick

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Buster the only certain type of fan that would feel let down by what they call promises to then be ultimately let down with are the same supporters who would buy a season ticket because of these so called promises. These supporters are what I would call "fickle supporters ".
Make of that what ever you want. I genuinely hope you enjoy this season and many more to come. UTO

Super Owls

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23 Jul 2014 12:58:59
Tottenham young defender Fredericks linked with us and Ipswich

Nofatbirds

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Only if it a free transfer, that's all we seem to sign

bustermick

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No transfer activity now if rumours that takeover collapsed any news

bgh

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24 Jul 2014 18:24:22
What rumours? There is nothing anywhere either in the press or on the web!

starman

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24 Jul 2014 19:27:17
Reverand & the makers singer put on twitter earlier he had heard that the takeover was off,he's pretty close to the club so may have inside info

Handsworth owl

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Still think there have been a lot of positive signs in the last month, i. e. new sponsor and some decent free signings that we wouldn't have got last year that point towards the takeover happening but its just taking a while. Can't find anything negative on the internet apart from the tweet you mention and even then I had to search quite a bit to find that.

SWFC13

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Johnny McClure, my brother played football with him when they were 13 at cross pool juniors, however not to doubt his integrity but I don't think being in a band and a fan and however close he may be to the club would entitle him to early news like that, just my opinion

EdaleOwl

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24 Jul 2014 20:41:50
I said about two weeks ago that I was twitchy about the takeover. I've no hard info but everything we hear about HM just serves to make me more nervous about a possible collapse of the deal.

owl174

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24 Jul 2014 20:51:33
Been hearing all day that the takeover is now off. If this is true then my concerns have become a reality and Revowl was right all along.

Strad

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How does anyone know Reverend is close to people at the club? Just because he's a famous fan doesn't mean he is privy to MM, PA and HM conversations. Donna got their takeover knocked back by the FL panel, and straight away they released the news that it was off. None of this "I've heard it's off" balls. We have the new sponsor which I reckon is a better indicator about the takeover than countless twitter/Facebook rumours. Patience is needed, other clubs waited 10/12 weeks for FL clearance. It's not ideal for getting new players in but we just have to sit tight.

Aj Owl

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24 Jul 2014 21:49:10
I hope you're right Aj I really do.

owl174

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If the take over was to collapse, I think it would have by now.
Surely the ratification (i always want to sing Rat In Mi Kitchen, UB40) is now very close to completion, having taken about 6 weeks already.
Remember the saying "no news is good news", so let's stay focused on the good times ahead.
I never understood why people are pessimistic before the season starts, its not like we can't compete in this league, as there are much weaker teams with lower budgets, less able players etc.
Even if the rat in mi kitchen doesn't go ahead, we have a capable side and SG to guide us to AT LEAST mid table.
WAWAW.

craigowl craigowl

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25 Jul 2014 10:03:55
Is he even all that famous?

Lets get some perspective here, the contracts were signed and EXCHANGED this much is confirmed.

The only way that this will not go through now is if the FL do not ratify it, its that simple.

BD2OWL

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23 Jul 2014 12:32:57
L'Equip reporting today on pending HM visit, think L'Equip were the ones who broke the original news

"Selon L'Equipe, Hafiz Mammadov a prévu de se rendre à Londres en fin de semaine pour finaliser le rachat de Sheffield Wednesday.

L'actionnaire majoritaire du RC Lens devrait racheter l'ensemble des actions de Milan Mandaric, l'actuel propriétaire, pour un montant de 45, 6 millions d'Euros (+ 6, 3 millions d'Euros si Wednesday retrouve la Premier League dès cette année) "

Not great on French but Babylon says its says

"According to L'Equipe, Hafiz Mammadov plans to travel to London this weekend to finalize the takeover of Sheffield Wednesday.

The majority shareholder of RC Lens should redeem all the shares of Milan Mandaric, the current owner, for an amount of EUR 45.6 million (+ EUR 6.3 million if Wednesday found the Premier League this year)"

GizOwl

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Rumoured meeting between MM and HM taking place today. Announcement in next two days.

sniper

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23 Jul 2014 14:59:07
Where you heard that sniper?

Chesowl

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23 Jul 2014 15:05:31
Really hope this is right about the meeting and things finally going through, it might be frustrating for us but for SG it must be on another level.

S20 OWL

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Good friend told me it was taking place in London. Also Gray indicated he expected money to be available this week.

sniper

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23 Jul 2014 11:21:00
Andy delort is coming to us aslong as he agrees personal terms he agreed a deal with lens but the deal strangely collapsed shortly after mammadov bought us.

Jamieowl07

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Absolute rubbish athletico offered 3.5m for him! leeds saw him but have money from mccormac and southampton want him. he never agreed anything with lens! was A Madrid

dandman

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23 Jul 2014 12:14:59
Bought us? Who as?

Strad

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Where does it say a Madrid have offered 3. 5 for him.

bramleyowl

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Leeds still short oof money, funds from McCormack being used to clear debts all they are doing is loaning players.

Unlikely to get Delort but apparently was on radar.

sniper

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He looks a really good player wi skill speed an gud link up play an knows ow to get the goals a real talent an hopefully before too long will be the type of player were looking to bring into the club but for now I think he's defo out off our reach. WAWAW

Swiddoy76

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Leeds chairmen said they don't have any debts an have reached the 30mil they needed to buy the ground back without the mccormack fee

dandman

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24 Jul 2014 12:50:16
Leeds will not buy ground just him trying to get fans on side £2.8 mill of mcormacks money is sell on clause to Cardiff and they will not get full £11 mill straight away there is clauses ie if full ham go up

Markowl1

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I tried to put link on. but obviously can't do that on here. type andy delort in search engine comes up with delort a complicated deal explains transfer on there they rejected 3.5mill euros holding out for 5m. what's with dislikes with stuff that's true lol some saddos leeds chairman said it publicly and he wants to buy them a team bus.

dandman

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22 Jul 2014 13:19:56
According to Ekipa24, Slovenian defender Dejan Kelhar is training with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in Pohorje. Kelhar is currently a free agent after spending the last six months playing for Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade -Source ssn

Blue and White Blood

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Blue is the kelhar?

Brightonyowl

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22 Jul 2014 19:54:21
Yeah he is definitely training. You can see him on the YouTube clips. Not seen or heard anything from him until now.

Benno6owl

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21 Jul 2014 22:10:29
Have we signed that young French lad today? Tardeau, I think I heard someone talking about it on the peasant wagon earlier.

DavephatsSWFC

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Look on footballzz transfers page two its got him down as moved to us yesterday.

bramleyowl

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No there is a fee involved so no transfers until ratification of takeover.

AstonOwl29

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Gray spoke to Tardieu’s representatives last week but insists he is unable to complete a deal to sign the talented midfielder until the Football League have approved Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover of Wednesday.

Blue and White Blood

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And now it's over to Tanya for the weather

Brightonyowl

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Previous statement from Sheffield Star website

Blue and White Blood

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You don't say

Brightonyowl

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Ha ha that's so funny, you don't say.

bramleyowl

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21 Jul 2014 11:11:33
I have just been to the mega-store and 2 large black land-rovers pulled in to the ground and right up to the players entrance 4 guys jumped out of each, all keeping their faces well away from plain sight. looked like a CIA opp? Haha Wonder what's going off while SG and the lads are away.

slippery

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21 Jul 2014 13:22:38
Perhaps it's someone to lend us a few quid.

Strad

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If they had been Range Rovers we could have got excited! As it is, only being Land Rovers, guess it was some local farmers negotiating to sell us some local produce for match day catering!

Sleaford owl

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So even groundsmen go to work in style lol

Nofatbirds

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Sounds like we're going to sign Royston Drenthe then he likes a cheap entourage lol

smokinblunts

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Probably florian tardieu, he signs today.

bramleyowl

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How would you see cars pulling right up next to the players entrance, if you had been in the Megastore? Totally opposite side of stadium.

Aj Owl

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He said he had been to the megastore not that he was in it

EdaleOwl

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I would love to know who it is that constantly disagrees with every post I write ed, how can they disagree with fact?

EdaleOwl

{Ed003's Note - It's an annoying thing - we constantly hum and haw whether they are worth the bother,just ignore Edale.}

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Cheers ed, I doesn't bother me, ok it does, it's a bit sad that some people have such boring lives that all they can do is be trolls!

EdaleOwl

{Ed003's Note - Very true Edale.}

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Sorry not totally up on my cars and it was as I was walking back home.

just saying what I saw. could have been the cleaners

slippery

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Was one wearing leather gloves and smoking a huge cigar and another shouting I ain't getting on no plane crazy fool.

bramleyowl

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18 Jul 2014 23:50:35
Sg said tonight after game that two new players will be joining wednesday while they away in Slovenia

funny man bob

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19 Jul 2014 08:02:38
They're only triallists we don't have any money to sign anyone

AstonOwl29

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20 Jul 2014 08:58:19
Who says we don't have any money to sign anyone?

Chazandhaz

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Sounds like owls signing an isreali striker , plays in france at the mo eden ben basat

nortonlees owl

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Sg said after bury game he has agreed 2deals with clubs for players but waiting for takeover to be completed

essexowl

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Think those two are the French lad Tardieu and Leon Best.

hOWLer

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Tardieu and best I recon.

cheltowl

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Flo and best it looks like

funny man bob

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Can't see basat coming he'll cost over a million, I would rather we went for Sam Baldock if mandaric or hafiz want to spend that much.

bramleyowl

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I've heard that it's more like 4-5 deals that have been agreed in principle but just awaiting the takeover to be ratified so the money is available to buy the players

SWFC13

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Who says we have not got any money. We have paid money for players in every season since Milan took charge.

Comment regarding no money smells of pork.

sniper

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We won't even spend 500. 000 this season, all freebys I'm afraid

Nofatbirds

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It's been a little boring without stupid comments like the one from Nofatbirds. Give it a few weeks and we will be spending a fair amount of money.

SWFC13

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I hear Leicester are willing to listen to offers for Chris Wood I'd have him in a second on loan or perm. MM connection? Would you have him?

smokinblunts

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20 Jul 2014 20:52:28
Gotta say if this takeover is going to be completed we need to be looking at better quality than Leon best

Eveshamowl

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20 Jul 2014 22:24:45
If we'd got money for transfers the deals would have gone through. We're waiting for the takeover, get with it!

AstonOwl29

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We should be sponsored by wonga or peachy loans, or quick quid kos that's all we've got to spend wawaw

Nofatbirds

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. then SG will be telling the lads to give it 4598% at each game.

SussexOwl

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Ha ha ha, love it sussexowl.

bramleyowl

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Yes, very good.

LMN

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Ye then end up in debt like before

Nofatbirds

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24 Jul 2014 09:31:25
Nofatbirds - you do know this is a Wednesday forum, not a blunt forum, right?

LondonOwl1984

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With s*** I've had as a owl fan since first season ticket in 1991, I'm aloud to be blunt at times if I like, I've still spent my 450 this season

Nofatbirds

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18 Jul 2014 13:32:45
Florian Tardieu deal close just personal terms to agree gets an excellent write up below - hopefully a real find for us and a few more to follo

Blue and White Blood

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I googled him earlier and read a couple of articles about him and yes he could prove to be a real gem. However we might have to be patient with him and give him a couple of.months to settle in and not get on his back within two minutes. Saying that we have to sign him first lol

Super Owls

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Super owls i'm sure that was a private joke or i'm blonde lol uto xxx

uto xxx

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Yeah this kid looks like a good signing good age good ability good potential

essexowl

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UTO x I finished my last comment with lol because I had put a lengthy comment about letting him settle in and we haven't even signed him yet that's all. No private joke but possibly a blonde moment? I'll let you decide.

Super Owls

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18 Jul 2014 21:40:51
This lad looks good, if all they say about him is true. It would seem our scouting network is getting better.

firthparkowl

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18 Jul 2014 22:46:15
I've not heard anything about tardieu other than what I have read on here but I was reading a Kenny jacket interview today saying he had a phone call from Stuart Gray to discuss availability of players. No bids have been made but interesting he said players and not player. Maybe looking at those that jacket wants rid of i.e Johnson, o'hara and Doyle?

Benno6owl

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I would like to see Roger Johnson and Jamie O'hara join us we need an attacking midfielder and O'hara would fit the bill.

SWezFC

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19 Jul 2014 07:38:49
Would like to know a little as to where they are mentally, but would take all three.

Deswaddle

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19 Jul 2014 08:42:02
florian tardieu to sign for sheffield-wednesday

http://frenchfootballweekly.com/2014/07/18/florian-tardieu-sheffield-wednesday-signing-one-of-frances-hot-young-talents/

Blue and White Blood

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19 Jul 2014 15:07:05
FC Istres midfielder Florian Tardieu is close to agreeing a deal that will see him move from France’s third division to the English Championship. Sheffield Wednesday have agreed a fee with the club and personal terms are close to being agreed.

Kbs

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18 Jul 2014 12:59:40
Just read on the net that this young French lad is rated in the top 50 players in France, could prove to be a gem

EdaleOwl

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The 22-year-old impressed last season - and was named on the list of the 50 most talented players in French football - but could not prevent Istres' relegation from Ligue 2.

And now he is ready to test himself in England, with Wednesday close to finalising the deal.

According to reports in France, Stuart Gray's side have agreed a fee with Istres and personal terms are almost agreed.

mexowl

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Mr I disagree with every post is back I see, I read it on talk sport site and on French football site

EdaleOwl

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17 Jul 2014 22:54:16
Brighton are now in talks with what they say and I agree to be a proven goal scorer at this level and that striker is none other than the man himself Chris ogrady!! I for one stil wonder y he never got his chance with us pretty poor on out part cause after all we are in the market for a proven goal scorer ourselfs now and ogrady would and still could get us them goals :))) what him
Kick on again now if an when he signs for Brighton!! Gud look to him I say always liked the guy.

Swiddoy76

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18 Jul 2014 08:11:50
Never got a chance because he was a Megson boy. I really rated him though!

LondonOwl1984

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He's Rubbish and Brighton are definitely wasting there money even if it's a couple of quid!

A really nice guy and a trier but really.

Teat Owl

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18 Jul 2014 12:39:03
Totally agree Teat, he was good for league 1 where he got kicked and battered around but just got on with it. If you're going to play him your going to become a long ball team.

Chesowl

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Swiddoy76, that was one of many Dave Jones balls up that we should always thank him for!! I don't even give him credit for our promotion. DJ had more use than a chocolate fire gaurd!!

Wednesday and proud

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17 Jul 2014 02:02:44
Surely the Takeover must be going through because he's sponsored our shirts and we're in for numerous players from France which must be through Mammodov's connections.

SWezFC

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17 Jul 2014 10:05:30
I was really supportive of MM and all he did for us. Would be disappointed if it falls through after MM talked so much about his own pre-vetting and only selling to right person.

Plus, folks on here have spent all mama's money three times over already!

Deswaddle

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17 Jul 2014 11:10:06
I would just like somebody to tell us what is going on and why it has not gone through already. I have no idea how long these things normally take. But it didn't seem to take this long when MM took over. MM said it would have been ratified a couple of weeks ago. Some clarity and information, good or bad would help.

Derbyshire Owl

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SW I keep thinking the same. Although the ratting seems to be taking forever I'd have thought any neg's that FL see as real show-stoppers would have leaked out by now. All the shenanigans going on in France are unlikely to affect FL decision & unless he's recently gone bust or the rumoured 'arrest' makes him an unfit and non-proper person to own a football club in England there can't be any reason for it NOT to happen. can there?

GizOwl

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When MM sold Leicester, it took 10 weeks to be ratified.

Reading are due to be sold today, if there takeover gets ratified before ours does, this is when I will start to worry!

BD2OWL

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17 Jul 2014 13:00:30
Guys it can take 3 - 4 months to go through. The only thing MM has done wrong is announce it early in my view. Lots of documents to go through and pass to the Football League. Have faith it will happen, i'm 100% sure :)

AstonOwl29

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When mm sold Leicester it took 10 weeks our situation when mm bought us was a totally different ball game it was either let mm buy us or let us go in administration

Markowl1

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Unless he really doesn't have the funds available.

Teat Owl

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17 Jul 2014 13:41:00
Jamie o'hara has come out and said he is willing to take a pay cut to play football as he has been frozen out at wolves. Worth a year?

Benno6owl

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Mamma didn't break the story early it was the French Press that got the story due to the Lens connection - MM has already said that they would have waited longer to announce I they had the option

Blue and White Blood

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17 Jul 2014 17:34:51
Thanks for your replies, I didn't take notice of anybody else's takeover so I have no idea how long these things take Don't know why MM said it would be completed in a few weeks, but it probably was well intended, as I believe he has done a great job for us and contrary to what many others think he does have the best interests of the club at heart.

Derbyshire Owl

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I agree O'hara would be a good signing he was quality when he played for Tottenham.

SWezFC

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AstonOwl29 think he had no choice to announce the takeover last month, as the media was all over it and think fans would be very unhappy with a very slow activity with transfers

Wednesday and proud

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18 Jul 2014 08:40:36
The Donny takeover has failed, according to Radio Sheffield because money and a business plan was not in place or words to that effect. Their takeover was announced a week after ours. Is it fair to say that if theirs has been turned down because they didn't have money and a business plan in place and our has not been turned down then the money and a business plan must be in place for our takeover and therefore it is on the way to being ratified?

Derbyshire Owl

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Sound plausible Derby, one more reason on the plus side. Come on FL, stop doing FA and get yer finger out!

GizOwl

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16 Jul 2014 19:18:51
Florian Tardieu on his way. Midfield player 22 years old. Never herd of the guy. Could do better Mr Gray.

EccOvOwl

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Had you heard of Christiano Ronaldo before United signed him? Give the lad a chance!

EdaleOwl

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16 Jul 2014 19:37:00
Who says he can do better? The takeover hasn't yet happened so SG will be working with a very tight budget.
Had you heard of Patrick Vierra before he signed for Arsenal?

Chesowl

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16 Jul 2014 19:58:43
You have never heard of him but SG could do better. Tell me how you can make that judgement, do you have a crystal ball or can you see into the future, if you have either what are this weeks winning lottery numbers. I remember a few years ago player coming on trial that nobody had ever heard of but the trial was cancelled, tricky Trev wanted to see him play. Eric Cantona took the huff and went to Leeds. Could this guy be the next Cantona.

Derbyshire Owl

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He's young and played a full season albeit in the French top flight in a struggling team and has obviously impressed SG so why not give him a go? Oh an I'd heard about CR and Vieira before ;)

smokinblunts

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Make you right Deswaddle, if this deal falls through then that will be egg on Milans face. How would he live that one up in front of the fans?? Looks like he is putting he's reputation on the line for this takeover.

Wednesday and proud

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16 Jul 2014 10:15:12
Brandao And Keith Andrews to sign by close of business today, Roger Johnson will hopefully make the Slovenia trip.

For those already writing Brandoa off, give him a chance, 30 Champions League and Europa league goals to his name, a 1 in 3 Striker, and plays very well with his back to goal.

BD2OWL

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I actually think these players are back stops if we do not get main targets.

Florian Tardieu midfielder with Istres France I undestand is closest to putting name on dotted line.

sniper

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Brandao topic is hot with the comments of past his sell by date. Tricky Trevor, Viv Anderson as I recall we supposed to be past their sell by date when we signed them how wrong were those people me included

Andymacscoresagoal

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16 Jul 2014 16:13:21
Andy the fans you talk about are concerned about his age because this is a very physical league, and the players you mentioned were used to it, he would too long time to adjust, I for one think he is too old. Trouble is Wed fans want to see signings and some are desperate to have anybody. I'm not I wanted to see quality new signings. As for this new owner as they say they is no smoke without fire, I worry

liveinhopeowl

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16 Jul 2014 17:26:13
Everybody should calm down and stop making judgements on players that are linked to the Owls. Until the players are signed there is no point saying that this player is too old, not good enough or we can't afford him. Secondly I keep reading on here that it will only be freebies and by implication poor quality players that are signed again. Unless some of the posters on here are tapping the phones in the offices at Hillsborough nobody except those in authority at Hillsborough knows what the player budget is and nobody at Hillsborough is going to give out that information because that could put on a couple of noughts on to any transfer target. Thirdly as many people have said on here in the past there is no such thing as freebie players when agents fee, signing on fee and players wages are included. Finally we have signed three, what some people call "freebies" players in the close season in Hutchinson, Loovans and Westwood and they are quality players. They were all wanted by other Championship clubs and and we must have matched the wages if not bettered the other clubs offer. If SG can sign another three or four players of the same caliber I for one will be very happy. SG knows what he is doing and who he wants.

Derbyshire Owl

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16 Jul 2014 18:44:42
Yeh but then you turned your nose up at signing the 24 year old Dutch striker. Make your mind up!

LondonOwl1984

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15 Jul 2014 14:47:50
Any one heard of brazilian striker called brando signing from st ettiene

bgh

{Ed040's Note - ye brandao used to play for shakhtar a few years ago averaged about 1 in 2 for them but he didn't really do anything before or after them other than last season when he got 17 goals, not sure he's the right man for us never really been prolific and he's got to be about 35 now

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15 Jul 2014 16:59:51
Brandao he's a goal poacher looking at bids on YouTube 34 years old a whippersnapper compared to Kevin Phillips lol

Markowl1

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Sounds good to me. Ok he is 34, however he has got experience which will be valuable to the other strikers. Yeah I think he is worth a punt!!

Wednesday and proud

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Definitely worth a year contract!!

Wednesday and proud

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15 Jul 2014 18:17:18
Worth a contract!
How did you come to this conclusion? Is it because he's Brazilian? Is it because he's experienced? Is it because you'd just be happy having any signings in because of previous seasons lack of ambition?
How much do you really know about him? Have you ever seen him play or just watched a few youtube clips of all his highlights?
Honestly potentially having a bit of a kitty and some people lose all sensibility(if they had any sense in the first place that is)

Chazandhaz

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Brandao only scored 5 goals for St Etienne last season but by all accounts leads the line well and brings in others around him with strong link play. Was never the pacy striker but has some tricks in his locker and is very good in the air, scoring a hell of a lot of headed goals. I think a 1 year deal would be ideal for all parties and he could be a bit tasty at Championship level.

larrymayshairline

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Brandao won title 3years on trot with Donetsk, then left them to go to Marseille and they won the Ligue1 title for first time in 18 yrs!
So I think we should deff sign him because if he's either VERY good OR he's VERY VERY lucky!

hOWLer

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Brandao has bags of experience. Might be getting on now but played at the top level most his career. Champions league experience etc. Would definitely be worth a year could be the player to take us up thenwe should attract better quality any ways.

hornseaowl

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Brandao is not Brazilian, he is French. Was born in Brazil to French parents that's all

bigowl2

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15 Jul 2014 08:45:37
Mmm, Connor Wickham just turned down a 3 year deal at Sunderland!
I wonder if. ?
Nah, just dreaming -- but we are, aren't we -- still don't know where we stand with this takeover and the size of the transfer pot.
Trying to stay positive and remain ever hopeful of at least one " shock " transfer deal.

Sleaford owl

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Sleaford owl that would be an awesome dream.I would baby cradle him from Sunderland to Hillsborough. I know he loved his time with us, but surely we can never pull off a deal like this, or could we??

Wednesday and proud

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All we need is a good striker and a playmaker
Come on SG do us proud

Kbs

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Conner wickham would be a fantastic signing but his wages would be a lot more than we could afford must be on a decent wage at sunderland, still we live in hope

bustermick

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Wickham not had good time at Sunderland in last year of contract. If he has poor start to season and finds himself out of side he could well end up with us. If starts scoring for fum will be beyond our reach.
Rumoured Leicester offered £5 million and that is about right price fo him as had good form at premier level for a few games. Hi play for Wednesday was different class to his other performances so we have higher opinio of him. let's hope we start well and Sunderland do not.

Frankel

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Guys think we have to accept he's gone for good. I think he's likely trying to bolster his wages or get better terms. Given the situation Sunderland have with strikers and the finish he had to last season he knows he can call some of the shot's, they must be desperate to keep him. I'd love to be completely wrong but can only dream of him coming back again, think he's probably a better player now than when he left us.

GizOwl

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15 Jul 2014 13:56:38
Is this takeover happening or not? I really do hope it's not another of his feel goods. x

Strad

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Strad - so obviously an outsider stirring it up!

hOWLer

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HOWLer you've got to luv 'em, god bless 'em. Deal or No Deal? Back after the break.

GizOwl

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Transfer pot in non existant and always has been with mandaric. news has it that the take over will be completed shortly after the January transfer window

Andymacscoresagoal

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15 Jul 2014 18:20:56
Connor wickham at the massive? You've absolutely no effin chance! If a club like Leicester can't prize him away surely what chance do you think we have? Seriously get real.

Chazandhaz

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Andymac - "scoresagoal"?
You're not even on target mate!
Either with your estimate of when the takeover will be 'Ratified by the League', because that's all we are waiting for, or your very sad and very tired attempts to stir it up like your mate Strad above!

hOWLer

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15 Jul 2014 19:19:26
It's always the same swfc are skint no money managers are crap team are poor
Etc etc come on we are going up let's stick together and let SG do he's job

Kbs

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15 Jul 2014 20:05:34
Why is it when somebody has a genuine concern and voices there opinion on here they get called negative or a doubter or even a United fan? Having your own opinion and not being a yes man is a good quality to have. People like hOWLer and Kbs need to grow a pair and stop being sheep. Pathetic.

Strad

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Strad - You say you have "genuine concern" - but about what - A lack of progress?
Just a few weeks ago we were hoping for a footy godfather to come and buy our club from MM and take us to the promised land.
We now have that prospect.
We are only waiting for the "powers that be" to rubber stamp the deal so that the new owner can begin that journey.
Surely you appreciate and accept that he is not going to pump money in to the club before it is actually confirmed as his?
I can accept criticism and concern when its based on substance.
I never suggested you should be a "yes" man, I just don't get what you are saying "NO" to and I don't think you do either.
Just moaning about how long the Ratification is taking - which is totally out of MM & Mammas hands - and suggesting that its some kind of "feelgood conspiracy" is sad and totally pointless IMO.

hOWLer

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16 Jul 2014 08:32:32
My concerns are these. Rumors of arrests of our potential new owner and reports of bankruptcy. His record of running another football club (RC Lens) some players reportedly not being paid, his failure to deposit a large amount of money in to an account by a certain date and blaming it on a bank holiday. Surely he knows what a bank holiday is it's in the name. Now we hear that RC Lens's promotion has been cancelled due to the above (mistake) just a small blip then. Try telling the Lens fans that. If this is how this bloke runs football clubs then I've got a right to be concerned.

Strad

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Strad: I would share your concerns if they were the truth or the whole story, But you are quoting just ONE side of the story which is being manipulated and peddled by some French journos with very dubious motives.
Mammas Record of running another club/s: - he is a shareholder in Athletico Madrid which you choose to ignore and rarely gets repeated on here?
Athletico were doing OK the last time I looked!
He bought in to Lens and they got promoted to the French Prem the very next season! Nice one eh!
Failure to deposit? - he has deposited 38million with Lens but the French Lge were insisting on 48million, that's the 10mill shortfall / Bank Holiday story that the press has chosen to report.
The real reason is the French Lge don't want Lens in their Prem is because they don't own their own ground!
If he really had money worries he wouldn't be handing over 38mill to Lens and offering 40mill for the Massive all at the same time would he?
The Lens fans, you are right they are up in arms - but with the way they are being victimised by the French Lge, but definitely NOT with Mamma
The facts, the full stories, are in the public domain to be easily found if you are that concerned?
You will need to use a translation website for some of the stuff but its all out there, just avoid the gutter press stuff.

hOWLer

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Can't wait now hOWLer you have filled me with so much confidence and positivety we have nothing to be concerned about at all hope you feel the same Mi Ole Matey STRAD

Andymacscoresagoal

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16 Jul 2014 18:01:46
Sorry my old chum but I'm still extremely concerned. I'll give a tenner to a charity of your choice if Mamma gets his wish of taking over our fantastic club. Just can't see it happening. Ask yourself why MM's not jumped ship yet.

Strad

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I thought MM stated quite a while ago that this was his last challenge.
A bit long in the tooth to be jumping ship.

LMN

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Strad - after your last post I'm going to have to give up on you mate - "why has MM not jumped ship?"
Your original post questioned why the takeover hasn't been ratified - then you say why hasn't MM jumped ship? - Think even you can work that one out?
But in any case in big business people don't " jump ship " as you put it.
Its quite normal for the Chairman to remain in position after a takeover until the new owner has all his own people in place, and that is exactly what will happen at S6.
Get your tenner ready!

hOWLer

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I'm pretty sure this takeover will go through and almost certain a few more players will be arriving before the season begins. Quite probably we'll be seeing a few names added to the team sheet over the next few friendlies (much better to see what they can do before jumping the gun and ending up with another load of future dead wood as in previous administrations). As for Wicham, the likelihood of him being shipped out on loan is premium if he fails to sign a new contract. Knowing what we got out of him last time could well make us favourites to loan him again, (especially after his time at Weeds) as they parade him in the shop window hoping for a good deal. UTO!

mexowl

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17 Jul 2014 15:36:59
Hope you prove me wrong but I doubt it hOWLer. Don't worry the tenners ready just incase.

Strad

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14 Jul 2014 11:17:01
dutch striker being linked on news now genero zeefuik

s31owl

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14 Jul 2014 12:22:49
7 goals in 40 appearances, not exactly prolific :(

ts_wawaw

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Hope this is a smoke and mirrors for a better player like who saw westwood coming? uto xxx

uto xxx

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14 Jul 2014 13:28:37
New season around the corner, and we are still penny pinching for the frees we need some quality signings in the areas fans have been shouting for, for many moons, how much longer. I wasn't expecting a war chest but it seems like the biscuit barrel is what we are getting at the moment. I hope like the other fans that there will be some good signings soon. As for this striker, come on, terrible record

liveinhopeowl

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And in Eredivisie as well, most of which is League one standard. We can do better.

diamondlights

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14 Jul 2014 13:44:53
Don't shoot the messenger but there was allot of talk at Owls in the Park yesterday about Peter Crouch joining us.

Derbyshire Owl

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14 Jul 2014 14:29:46
He has scored 10 goals in 12 games for the Dutch under-21s. Don't knock him before we know the full story. Have faith in SG and we will be fine!

LondonOwl1984

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Crouch would be good, but imo I can't see this happening! uto xxx

uto xxx

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Derbyshire Owl ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Help me!

LEEBY

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14 Jul 2014 15:55:16
london owl he is now 24 years old what's this nonsense about under 21s, as for peter crouch this gets more and more silly, it was Darren Bent a month ago

liveinhopeowl

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I can't see there being much more happening before the start of the season, I think most of the transfers will happen in the next window when Mammadov gets settled in.

Eckington Owl

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14 Jul 2014 18:29:35
Livinhopeowl - nonsense? That is a fact. Chris Maguire didn't have many goals to his name before us, but now he is getting lots of matches with good players around him he is hitting his potential. A striker's goals to games ratio isn't always the full story.

LondonOwl1984

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14 Jul 2014 18:44:35
Leeby, I will try and help you, go to the top of the page it says Sheffield Wednesday Rumours, that means this is a rumours site about Sheffield Wednesday. I spent much of the day at the Owls in the Park yesterday enjoying being in the company of positive supporters and meeting some of the players. I spoke to a lot of people and quiet a few repeated the same rumour about Peter Crouch. According to some he has been told by Stoke that he will not be a first choice player this season and he wants to play regularly as he is now 33, to do that he may have to drop down to the Championship. As this is a rumour I thought I would post it on our rumours page. Does that help.

Derbyshire Owl

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14 Jul 2014 20:07:50
This dutch bloke may not have scored all that many goals for his previous club, but with right amount of service from our wingers or midfield, whose to say what he might be capable of. Personally, I don't give a Zeefuck about his past. obviously someone sees something in him!

mexowl

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14 Jul 2014 22:09:40
Oh my god what tripe! I mean really are the likes of SG or whoever is in the know about any signings going to share that at a family fun day in the park?? What drivel! If people are going to make rumours up at least put something together what makes you even remotely wonder if there's any substance behind it?
Oh by the way on another note I popped into the club shop after the fun in the park and the rumour is that Manchester City are to put yaya toure out on loan to us to punish him for complaining about his Asda Birthday cake or something like that! Hey don't shoot the messenger ;)

Chazandhaz

{Ed003's Note - If you read Derbyshire Owl's post he makes reference to this being a rumours page Chaz.}

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I am fully aware this is a rumours page Derbyshire Owl, I don't believe anywhere it says make it up as you go along page.
I'm aware there was plenty of wish list talk at the burger stands around the park on Sunday. I would love to see Crouch play for us but he's on a fortune, and I'm sure there is a list of lower end Premier league clubs would take him before we get a sniff.
If it does happen though I'll grovel and bow to your mastery and knowledge. UTO

LEEBY

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We need a proven goal scorer, not a possible goal scorer such as this Dutch lad.
By all means bring somebody like that in to strengthen the squad and maybe they will turn out to be prolific.
Crouch would be ideal, but I can't personally see it happening, plus I expect his wage demands would be huge.

LMN

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15 Jul 2014 08:28:01
Thank you Ed at least you, unlike Chaz can read and understand what is written and understands what the word "rumour" means

Derbyshire Owl

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Ed could you please finally explain to people what a rumour is, for some reason people won't listen unless it's what an ed writes, it's just getting boring now

EdaleOwl

{Ed013's Note - I rumour can be anything you or someone has heard with regards to a player coming or going. It doesn't have to be a true fact or neither does a source have to be disclosed. The problem we have is people make up rubbish to get a reaction}

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We do need a proven championship Goal scorer I agree but we should be looking to bring in 2 strikers so a signing like this Dutch Lad may be what we need its a chance for him and us. If we also signed someone like Nicky Mayard/ Sam Baldock then we would have 4 and be able to famr out Madine who is just not up to it at this level.

Gel

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Surely a rumours is something that is made up and passed around by hearsay until it becomes fact.

Maybe you should go and set up a Sheffield Wednesday Facts page, I doubt very much that there would be that many subscribers!

The fact of the matter is that the only ones that know what is happening at the club, are those inside the club.

BD2OWL

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Two players rumoured around championship clubs Owen Garvan & Jay Simpson any thoughts? Are we going to be one of the clubs?

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14 Jul 2014 06:35:51
Have it on very good authority that wednesday are looking at bringing Aston villas Jack Grealish in on a season long long.

StealthyOwl

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14 Jul 2014 07:37:05
Loan even

StealthyOwl

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I would be surprised, he is a promising player but plays in position we already have players available (wide midfield).
Centre back and forwards are where we are short.
Think right back area we need cover as Buxton injured again.

Frankel

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14 Jul 2014 10:17:31
He'll be cover for the wide players baring in mind gray wants competion for places

StealthyOwl

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This deal wouldn't surprise me as I think a left sided winger is needed and I loan is more beneficial for us. I would rather us spend in key areas such as CB, CM & CF and the back up players (such as Grealish) to come in on loan as there's less pressure to play them.

philWAWAW

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12 Jul 2014 17:35:49
Glenn Loovens signing tomorrow :)

AstonOwl29

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Thought he already had.

p.j

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Already signed today.

rbfowl

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Now loovens has signed! 1 year deal

Georgeowl

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And his our new captain!!

Wednesday and proud

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12 Jul 2014 09:06:19
keith treacy will be signing soon he been in talks with us all week.

madowl

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Hope not, celebrated against us when he scored after he played for us, I know its minor but don't like him for that!

LiaamSWFC

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He's been training with Bradford all week and they are confident he will sign for them

Georgeowl

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Went to the game today, who else doesn't rate antonio he is garbage, he's club foooted and hasn't got a touch

owls4eva

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Owl4eva trouble is Antonio doesn't track back and can't cross a ball. So frustrating player yet whenever I start moaning and wanting him replaced he bangs one in. Just to note when we had our good run last Season he wasn't in the team and we looked more balanced.

Timowl

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He is jj mark 2!

cheltowl

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I agree timowl. I think Antonio is a squad player to come off the bench. Our best run last year was when we had loovens, mattock, maghoma, palmer, or Buxton, lee, semedo, maguire. All comfortable on the ball. Players like helan and jj had no control their second touch is a tackle. I do think helan is better at left back.

Super Owls

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Sadly in my view Antonio in my view is nowhere near as good as the very unreliable JJ

REVO

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Antonio is better than jj ever was. Antonio is a strong runner with the ball and runs shoulder to shoulder with the defender and jj just ran where the defender wanted him to even if it was out of play. That's why jj never won penalties and Antonio does and should be given more. Now one last thing can we never mention jj again, he stayed 3 seasons too long in my opinion. UTO

Super Owls

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I suppose it was some of you lot slating Antonio on his Twitter on Saturday, post York.

Antonio is a threat, a real threat, I just wish he would go outside more, or really drive at the box.

Opposing players hate that and he would win a few penalties, he was in and out of the team last season because of injury, he will come good this year!

BD2OWL

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11 Jul 2014 19:12:06
I think all signs are looking good that Mammadov will soon be our chairman. The recent signings and also players signing new contracts plus the announcement of the new sponsor to me all point towards the takeover being signed off soon. When that is done expect a fair amount of money to be spent building the remains of the squad that needs fixing.

SWFC13

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11 Jul 2014 19:56:23
MM will still be chairman. Mammadov will be the new owner!

mexowl

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I got a feeling MM will step down at the end of the session. Mammadov will take full control.

EccOvOwl

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When MM eventually does step down, the new Chairman will be someone appointed by Mamma, not Mamma himself.

hOWLer

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11 Jul 2014 19:07:35
Shirt Sponsor sorted: Azerbaijan Land of Fire' logo. Same logo as on A. Madrid and Lens. For me that's an absolute bonus to be associated with the Spanish Champions! Also says on the SWFC site ' financial significant'

Roll on the good times!

johnnyowl

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Says that the sponsorship is well into 6 figures TBH I would have thought it would have been more - I know they are in a different league (literally) to us at the moment but the sponsorship of Athletico was €12m over 18 months

Blue and White Blood

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