Speaking just hours after Saturday’s tremendous scenes, Mandaric said he believes the club belongs in the top 10 in the country and added: “This club was in the Premier League before. It deserves to be there. If it doesn’t go to the Premier League, whoever is here during the time that process is being done is not very successful.
“It might take it more than one year, two years or three years, but it’s got to be the direction of this club. It can’t go backwards now.”
He said: “I’m not going to tell you here we’re going to be promoted next season to the Premier League – that would be the wrong thing to do. But we do have a plan to get there. How quickly, we’ll find out, but while we do that we are building the foundations as strongly as we can: you can’t build a penthouse on a sandy surface.”
Mandaric, 73, also hinted that Wednesday would be his last club, saying: “The more I stay with this club, the more I think it will be my last club. It is a special club.”