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Owls takeover days away - Sheard

The Owls could soon be under new ownership.

Geoff Sheard, the man trying to buy Sheffield Wednesday, claims he could be in full control of the club in a matter of days, BBC Radio Sheffield reports.

It follows the decision by the fans group Wednesdayite to sell their 10% stake to him.

Sheard has also agreed deals with Owls director Geoff Hulley and ex-board members Dave Allen and Keith Addy who between them hold a 30% shareholding.

"This is a significant stage. We are now just days away," said Sheard.


The Lancashire-based businessman can still acquire a controlling stake in the club without purchasing Wednesdayite's shares.

"It's great that their members have voted to sell and I thank them for that but as everyone is aware we are also talking to the other parties," added Sheard.

Wednesdayite chairman Darryl Keys said: "I hope this sends a resounding message to the club, its directors and the fan base at large that we have never been a stumbling block to any investor."

Sheard will attend Sheffield Wednesday's opening game of the new Championship season against Burnley on Saturday.

see also
Watson fit for Owls season opener
06 Aug 08 |  Sheff Wed
Laws yet to finalise Owls line-up
01 Aug 08 |  Sheff Wed

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