SHEFFIELD Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has released a statement rubbishing reports that he is interested in buying Scottish club Rangers, writes Ian Appleyard.
“Following the statement I made this morning to the media regarding the totally unfounded reports of my supposed interest in Glasgow Rangers, I feel it is now important that I address my supporters here at Sheffield Wednesday.
“I can tell you that my commitment is intact and my only loyalty is with this club. We have 15 games to go of a crucial season and this is the time for everyone connected with our club to get together as one team with one desire and one objective. That is to get back to the Championship, which is the first major step of this football club’s future. It is vital I give out this information and that my supporters trust me at this critical time.
“Of course, I have had other issues in my life and everyone is aware of my recent court case in London. I was pleased with the outcome because my proud name was upheld, which was of huge importance to myself, my family, my colleagues and my associates. While the result was the right one, which I never doubted for one moment, there has been some emotional damage but my full attention and energy is with this club without any deviation. I would also like to say thank you once more to all those who took the time to send me their messages of support and appreciation after what I have to say was a living nightmare. I did absolutely nothing wrong and your trust means so very much to me.
“Throughout that whole process, as much as it possibly could, my focus never left Sheffield Wednesday and that is where it will be - 100 per cent - until the time is right for myself and the club to move on. When that time does come, it will always be in the best interests of our club. But while I am here, my commitment is total and my ambitions of achieving our mutual objectives remain the same.
“How could my focus be anywhere else right now? I have been made to feel so welcome by the Sheffield Wednesday community and my love affair with this club is not over, I can assure you of that. My aim now is exactly the same as it was back in the summer – promotion into the Championship.
“My only loyalty in football is to this club, to the Sheffield Wednesday people who have welcomed me into their family and made me feel so special in their hearts. It is my duty as their leader to be open, to be honest, and one thing I can guarantee my supporters is that this chairman will never let you down.”
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