SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Flying start cements Milan’s respect for Dave the builder

'Great boss': Owls manager Dave Jones
'Great boss': Owls manager Dave Jones

WEDNESDAY chairman Milan Mandaric is delighted with the job done so far by Dave Jones and describes him as a great manager.

Mandaric says that the Owls are lucky to have the man who revived the promotion challenge and has led the team to a haul of 26 points from the last 10 games.

The chairman see a bright future for the club and is optimistic about promotion whether the it is achieved automatically or via the play-offs.

“I have a great manager,” said Mandaric. “I think this club is a lucky club to have this top manager.

“He is a builder and will build this club for success.”

Mandaric said that the goal is not just the Championship but in the longer-term the Premier League, and the Owls are confident going into the last two games of the season.

“If we win six points and our neighbours win six points, we need to work hard in the play-offs,” he said.

“With the players we have as individuals and as a team, and with a manager of tremendous experience, I’m confident we’ll get there.

“If we win both games, we can still make it (automatically). Our objective is to win both, then see what happens.

“We are full of confidence, with the players we have, and a good team and good manager.”

Jones made light of the fact that Wednesday kick off at Brentford at the normal time of 3pm but United do not start until 5.20pm because their game against Stevenage is being televised. The Owls recently had three successive lunchtime starts.

He said: “You can only do what it’s in front of you. They know what they’ve got to do regardless of our result.

“Times have changed over the years. I’ve kicked off at 11 o’clock, 12 o’clock, one o’clock, half past five, 20 past five; and once at 10 o’clock at night; it was abroad.

“It doesn’t matter. You adapt to it. We know what we’ve got to do. The teams above and around us will know what they’ve got to do if they’re kicking off later.”

Although the Owls have surged back strongly into the race for second place and stand only a point behind United, Jones still believes that there is more to come from his squad.

“I’d think there was more to come even if we were top,” he said. “The day you think you’ve done it is the day you stop doing your job properly. At the moment we’re doing all right, and we have to continue that.”