Date: 9th January 2009 at 11:04am
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New chairman Lee Strafford has acted quickly to make changes at Hillsborough by bringing former manager Howard Wilkinson back to the club in an advisory role.

Strafford has assured fans that Wilkinson, who was a great success at the club in the 1980’s, will arrive at the club as advisors to both chief executive officer Nick Parker and Strafford himself.

He wont’ be coming on board in the dreaded ‘football director’ role which has seen many fans and football pundits question whether the role works in England.

Wilkinson will arrive to help move the club forward as far as bringing investment in is concerned, and putting in place a football strategy to help drive the club forward.

‘This is a very exciting development and an instance of Wednesday people getting involved with the club to get us moved forward,’ Strafford told the official Wednesday website.

‘Howard brings with him a world class CV and will support myself and Nick Parker in developing the long-term strategy for the infrastructure of this football club.’

‘He is a very supportive person and this is a great move which adds value to everything we are doing. Howard will act as an adviser to the board as we figure out how to produce the infrastructure that will allow Brian Laws and Sean McAuley to best fulfil the potential of our football operations.’

Howard Wilkinson told the official site: ‘I am very pleased to be working with Sheffield Wednesday in a formal capacity once again and I am keen to help Lee Strafford and the club’s board implement changes which will see the Owls flourish again.

‘In modern football it is essential for clubs to support their staff and players in every way they can so that the management team can maximise their chances of success on the pitch.’