Date: 1st September 2010 at 10:25am
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Wednesday boss Alan Irvine has blasted the rules of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ahead of tonight’s clash with Notts County at Hillsborough.

Competition rules state that participating clubs must play at least six of the players who started their previous game, or who are ‘regular’ first team players.

If clubs fail to abide by the rules they risk a fine of £5,000.

The rules are in place to avoid the so-called bigger clubs, such as Wednesdsay or Southampton, treating the competition lightly.

But Irvine told the official SWFC website: ‘I don’t think anybody should dictate to a manager who he picks for a game. I think the manager has a hard enough job to make sure that he keeps his job so I think he should be given freedom to live or die by his own decisions.’

The Owls boss is still expected to make the maximum number of changes allowed for tonight’s first round clash against their League One rivals.

Clinton Morrison, Paul Heffernan and Tommy Millers are amongst the names likely to be given a chance in Irvine’s starting eleven