Sheffield Wednesday chief executive Nick Parker has called for potential buyers to step forward after the club avoided a winding-up order by being granted a 28-day adjournment by the High Court.

The npower League One club were in court in relation to an unpaid PAYE bill of £600,000 and Mr Registrar Jacques granted the club an extra four weeks after their lawyers claimed it was on the "verge" of a takeover deal with a consortium of local businessmen. However, the Owls are facing a separate order relating to a hefty debt owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

And a furious Parker is desperate for genuinely interested parties to get a deal done and insists the club going into administration will not represent a better deal for the suitors, saying: "I am very relieved but more importantly I am very, very angry."

He added: "This club should not be where it is. Do not believe 28 days - the real deadline for the club is December 1 when that extra petition comes on board.

"The reason I am angry is because there are people out there who go to the media when they should not. There are people out there who say they have money when they do not.

"The one glimmer of hope I can give to Sheffield Wednesday fans and the community is that there are other people out there who understand how important Sheffield Wednesday is.

"It's now time for those people - they know who they are and I know who they are - to step forward in private and do a deal with the bank and no longer shilly-shally and make excuses for doing it.

"They will not get a better deal by us going into administration and if they were doing that then that would make me very upset."

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who is the MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, has also pleaded for investment to come quickly.

"Like every other fan, I am naturally pleased that the club has not been placed into administration but, like all those who care about the future of the club, I am desperately keen that we should not end up in the same position in four weeks' time," Blunkett said.

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