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Stuart Gray will remind his players they will achieve something that has so far eluded him if they reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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90 year old football medal stolen

A 90 year old football medal belonging to a former England and Sheffield Wednesday star's been stolen in a burglary.

Jail for goalkeeper attacker

A man has been jailed after an attack on Sheffield Wednesday's goalkeeper during a Yorkshire derby match with Leeds United.

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Sheffield Wednesday takeover delayed

Sheffield Wednesday says planned takeover of the club by Hafiz Mammadow has been delayed. It's apparently due to other business interests of Mr Mammadow. However, the club says it hopes it will soon be in a position to complete the regulatory requirements set by the Football League.

Milan Mandaric and Hafiz Mammadov met in London on Friday evening to discuss the takeover process and say they want to complete the sale as soon as possible.

I fully appreciate the frustration of our supporters, we all want to see a quick completion so we are in the best shape possible for the start of the new season. Despite the delay, I am still committed to fully supporting Stuart Gray in his preparations and this has been demonstrated by the permanent signings of Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson along with the contract extensions agreed with Chris Kirkland, Glenn Loovens and Jose Semedo. I have been kept fully informed by Mr Mammadov’s advisors during the process and Friday’s meeting was very constructive. I continue to believe that he will be a wonderful custodian for this great club and I am very excited at his plans for the future.”

– Milan Mandaric

New signings to strengthen Sheffield Wednesday squad

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray says he's looking to further strengthen his squad after today's signing of Glenn Loovens joins those of Sam Hutchinson and Keiran Westwood in the past week.

Wednesday are still awaiting approval from the Football League to allow their takeover by Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov.

But yesterday, the Owls beat York City 2-0 in their first pre-season friendly yesterday. An own goal and a spectacular 35 yard strike from Chris Maguire were enough to see off the Minstermen, managed by former Wednesday player Nigel Worthington.

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New Owls owner denies arrest rumours

New Sheffield Wednesday owner Hafiz Mammadov has moved to deny speculation that he had been arrested in Azerbaijan.

Mammadov bought the Owls last season
Mammadov bought the Owls last season Credit: Press Association

In a statement he said:

"Certain unfounded rumours have been spread in the press over my supposed arrest and imprisonment in Azerbaijan, which I obviously strongly deny, and which was immediately denied by State Border Guards.

"It seems today that false and malicious speculation over my situation is being used with the aim to create confusion and doubt over my financial holdings and commitments.

"There are no grounds for the allegations made by the press, and I will take all necessary legal actions against whoever has initiated these false rumours with the aim to harm my family and me."

Since his takeover the club have been active in the transfer market, signing goalkeepers Chris Kirkland and Keiran Westwood as well as former Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson who spent time at Hillsborough on loan last season.

Mandaric: I have done my job now

Former Sheffield Wednesday owner says he has done his job after selling the club to Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov.

Mandaric says that he bought the club with two intentions - to financially stabilise it and leave it in a better position than when he started.

In an interview with swfc.co.uk he said he feels he is departing having completed both tasks and selling the club to the FC Baku and RC Lens owner continues the process he began to bring the club back to the Premier League:

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Sheffield Wednesday takeover completed

Sheffield Wednesday have announced that Hafiz Mammadov has bought the club off Milan Mandaric.

Sheffield Wednesday takeover completed
Sheffield Wednesday takeover completed Credit: Press Association

Mr Mammadov is a former member of the Azerbaijan Football Association and also owns FC Baku and French club RC Lens.

Speaking to Sheffield Wednesday's website he said he was "immensely pleased and proud to have agreed a deal to buy this wonderful club."

The founder and chairman of the Baghlan Group, specialising in oil, gas, construction and transportation added: "I am a passionate football fan with enormous respect for English football. I have been looking at investing in England for some time but I was determined to find the right Club.

"I am hugely ambitious and feel the Owls match my passion and desire for success and represent our motto of Azerbaijan Land of Fire. I promise the supporters I will work extremely hard to bring the success everyone so rightly craves."

Milan Mandaric sold the club to Hafiz Mammadov
Milan Mandaric sold the club to Hafiz Mammadov Credit: Press Association

Departing chairman Milan Mandaric said: "On my first day at the Club I promised the supporters two things.

"Firstly I would ensure that when I left we would be in far better shape than when I arrived and more importantly, that I would only hand over ownership when I found the right man for the Club and I sincerely believe I have delivered on both undertakings."

The deal is subject to Football League approval but the club say the new owner and his staff will be involved in the running of Sheffield Wednesday as that process begins.

Wednesday dent QPR's promotion hopes

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray
Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray Credit: ITV Yorkshire

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 3 QPR 0

An irresistible Sheffield Wednesday knocked another nail into QPR's automatic promotion coffin with a comfortable 3-0 Sky Bet Championship victory at Hillsborough.

Harry Redknapp's men suffered their fifth defeat in the last eight games to leave them 10 points adrift of second placed Burnley with 10 games to go - and destined to settle for a play-off place.

This miserable loss did not come without controversy, though, as Rangers were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute when Richard Dunne fouled Leon Best. The contact was minimal and Best was unlikely to have control of the ball had he stayed on his feet, but the former Man City defender had to walk.

Chris Maguire converted the penalty and from then on it was all Wednesday, who under Stuart Gray are a team full of attacking intent and one undoubtedly on the up.

Best, who cleverly played for a foul in the penalty incident, provided a second six minutes after the restart with a fine finish after twisting and turning in the box and Lewis Buxton made it three from a corner in the 71st minute.

Maghoma adds to Owl's injury woes

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma will play no part after he damaged knee ligaments in the midweek defeat at Wigan.

Maghoma joins Wednesday's growing injury list Credit: Press Association

Maghoma joins an extensive injury list at Hillsborough, while the loan spells of Sam Hutchinson, Leon Best, Gary Gardner and Adedeji Oshilaja all expired after the game.

Boss Stuart Gray is hoping to extend some of the deals in time for their inclusion and was boosted by the return of defender Lewis Buxton and midfielder David Prutton.

Buxton could feature for Owls against Yeovil

Sheffield Wednesday defender Lewis Buxton is hoping to feature for the first time in three months against Yeovil after recovering from a groin injury.

Buxton is in line for a return for the Owls

However, fellow defender Joe Mattock faces a long spell out after tearing a thigh muscle in last week's win against Middlesbrough. Midfielder Kieran Lee (hamstring), Jose Semedo (fractured fibula), Reda Johnson (hip), Martin Taylor (knee) and Kamil Zayatte (ankle) all remain sidelined.

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