Marsden's massive job - exclusive

Last updated : 23 June 2004 By Andy Parsons
Marsden, signed from South Korean club Buscan Icons last month, has been installed as the new Owls skipper but says that no player will have a guaranteed first-team spot, including himself.

He exclusively told Footymad: “I will hopefully be playing central midfield but I have to do well enough to get into the team first. The boss has brought in eight players so far with none of them having any guarantee of playing – which is the way it should be, if you are playing well then you keep your shirt and hopefully everyone feels like that in the squad this season. I don’t really mind where I play thought, as long as I am playing.

“The manager has brought me in, he says because of my experience but he is also bringing in lots of young lads who will probably be pushing for a first-team shirt for the first time in their careers. But it is not going to be easy though.

“It is simple enough playing in front of 2,000 people when things don’t go so well and you get two or three boos but it can be different when you are talking about a big club like Wednesday who have 20,000 there each week who have big expectations. One of my major jobs will be to bring the youngsters through any possible bad times we may encounter.”

The former Southampton midfielder also believes that Wednesday should stop reminiscing about their time in the Premiership and just focus on the matter in hand first and foremost.

He continued: “Four years ago we were in the Premiership so that shows how quickly things can turn around but if you look at the fan base at this club, if we do well, we’ll probably bring in 30,000 a week. Teams are learning about the money factor in the Premiership but let’s just worry about getting promotion to the first division before we get any ideas of going into the top flight.”