Mandaric gives Sheffield Wednesday boss Jones his backing

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has given his backing to the Owls’ under-fire manager Dave Jones.

In a statement last night, Mandaric said he backed Jones to to get the Owls out of trouble and was disappointed his investment in the squad over the summer had failed to reap dividends yet.

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“The Championship is one of the strongest divisions in the whole of Europe,” he said. “It is also one of the best and vital that, first and foremost, we start collecting some points and ultimately stay in this division. I have every confidence that we will do that and I firmly believe we have a good manager in Dave Jones. He and his staff have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to take us up the table.

“Nobody expected us to be where we are now, least of all myself, because we invested and recruited a lot of players over the summer but sometimes it takes time for all the pieces of the puzzle to slot together.

“I ask as I have always done to trust me as your chairman and understand that I will manage these difficulties with the best interests of Sheffield Wednesday at heart. We will get out of this trouble one way or another but believe me, it will be a lot easier and far less painful if we stay together with everybody working in the same direction.”