Sheffield Wednesday: Irvine to receive transfer kitty

New Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has pledged to hand manager Alan Irvine the funds to bring new faces to Hillsborough in the January transfer window.

Mandaric, who took over the Owls on Tuesday is willing to give Irivine the cash to lift Wednesday out of League One to the Championship.

Although the Serbian-born businessman has not revealed the amount for Irvine to spend, he claims the Owls are only on the look-out for players from higher divisions.

"Our manager will get proper support," he said.

"There will be money for him to spend. It would be very difficult to give a benchmark figure.

"At this point, we have just talked tentatively.

"We don't want to overburden ourselves in buying players who are in this division. We have to make sure they can help us make a difference in the Championship."

One man on Irvine's list to buy is on-loan striker Neil Mellor, but the Wednesday boss is happy to bide his time as it is not yet known if Preston are willing to let him go.

Irvine is also not ruling out possible moves for other players instead of Mellor.

"We'll find out in due course," Irvine said.

"It's a season-long loan so there's no pressure on us to do anything else at the moment. Perhaps money would be better used to get an additional player rather than one we already have.

"You want to bring in the best players you possibly can.

"There have been some good players that I had lined up since the summer that I have not been able to get, for a variety of reasons, latterly of course because of transfer embargos and the lack of funds in any case.

"I have probably raised my sights a bit, in terms of what I am looking at now.

"There have been times, since I came to the club, when my hands have been tied; that's not a complaint or a criticism, it's logical, in terms of the circumstances the club was in."

Meanwhile, Irvine has praised youngster Liam Palmer for his recent sub appearances.

"Liam has been terrific since the start of pre-season training," he added.

"He's been with us every day because of the way he has performed. I've

been keen to get him in as often as I can.

"I'm also concerned that he's a youngster. I don't want to harm his progress by playing him before he's completely ready.

"He looks very comfortable when he does get on, and I would expect we'll get more and more of that as the season goes on.

"I see a bright future for Liam."