Sheffield Wednesday: Milan calls for calm over Owls takeover

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric, right, with members of a Thai consortium.
Owls chairman Milan Mandaric, right, with members of a Thai consortium.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric is urging supporters to remain patient as they continue talks with a Thai consortium over a takeover.

It is understood the Thai group will again be in the directors’ box when the Owls lock horns with Birmingham City at Hillsborough tonight.

But, contrary to reports, Mandaric, who rescued Wednesday from financial ruin in November 2010, said there are still “some issues” to be resolved before a deal can be finalised.

He told The Star: “Discussions are progressing well. There has been a lot of positive progress.

“They are good, quality people. We have still got to resolve some issues.

“People have to be patient and wait for me to bring something to a tangible level and we will take it from there.

“It’s got to be right for the club. If it’s not, the deal won’t be done. I don’t want to say much more until I have something completely done.

“My main objective is to help the club be successful. We are trying to win every game and come close to the play-offs. We are trying to bring more quality players in before the end of the transfer window.”

Mandaric declined to give specifics on what issues still need ironing out and is perhaps mindful of Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover which fell through last September.

Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu said he is excited at the prospect of a buyout but insists the squad are focused on playing matters.

“You see and hear things but I don’t really care about that,” said the former Austrian Under-21 international. “It is not my business or the player’s business.

“It’s for the chairman and the board to decide. They know what they are doing. We just have to do our jobs on the pitch and they have to decide what’s best for them.”

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