Date: 5th January 2011 at 11:34am
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Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has made a pledge to back boss Alan Irvine in the January transfer window as Wednesday aim to achieve promotion this season.

Mandaric’s takeover of the club last month has already helped to bring Plymouth Argyle’s highly-rated defender Reda Johnson to Hillsborough for an undisclosed fee.

And Mandaric is ‘working extremely hard’ to recruit players identified by Irvine to bolster the Owls squad for a promotion push.

‘Sheffield Wednesday is a big club entering into a new era and it is our intention to deliver promotion this year,’ he said.

‘Of course, I understand that we will be linked with a lot of players in January because of that.

‘We are only interested in the players who have the right amount of talent and desire to play for this great club. Everyone involved with Sheffield Wednesday recognises the need for new players because although we have a good squad, it is still only a small squad.

‘But it is not only money you need to succeed in the transfer market today. You need a good manager and patience and determination to bring the right calibre of player to the club. We have that here and I can assure our fans that we are working very hard to bring these players to Sheffield Wednesday.

‘We are in the top six right now and it is vital that we build on that position if we are to start next season as a Championship club.’

Mandaric’s comments seem to thwart any thoughts of Irvine losing his job this month, in a similar manner to Phil Parkinson at Charlton Athletic.

Leicester City defender Michael Morrison is set to follow Johnson to Hillsborough, while the Owls are expected to be linked with a number of other players throughout January.