The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Holt

MI­LAN MAN­DARIC still hopes to at­tract new in­vest­ment to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing the break­down in Hafiz Mam­madov’s pro­posed takeover.

The Azer­bai­jani busi­ness­man looked set to re­place Man­daric at Hills­bor­ough un­til talks fell through.

The deal with Mam­madov, owner of FC Baku and French side Lens, was an­nounced on June 10, with Man­daric set to stay on as Owls chair­man.

Man­daric, 75, said: “Our fans were ex­cited when the takeover was an­nounced. Like me they be­lieved Mam­madov of­fered a great op­por­tu­nity for the club.

“In hind­sight my de­sire to please our sup­port­ers prob­a­bly clouded my decision to grant fur­ther time for him to com­plete the process.

“Whilst I hope that Mam­madov will very quickly over­come his dif­fi­cul­ties in Azer­bai­jan, I can­not al­low this spec­u­la­tion to con­tinue.

“The club will at­tract peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing a top English foot­ball club.

“I will ex­plore ev­ery se­ri­ous pos­si­bil­ity and if I be­lieve that there is some­one who can ac­cel­er­ate our plans to re­turn this club to the Premier League then I will do all in my power to wel­come them to Sh­effield.”

UP FOR EXIT: Man­daric

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