Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has come in for some criticism from Brian Laws for the way things have gone at the Owls in the recent past.
Wednesday’s fate was sealed last weekend on the final day of the second-tier regular season as a 3-3 draw with Derby County sentenced them to at least a year in League One next season.
It remains to be seen how they’re going to bounce back, then, but it certainly seems safe to assume the team is going to be looking a lot different with a number of senior players at the end of their respective contracts.
A number of decisions at Wednesday have back-fired in recent times, then, and for Brian Laws, Chansiri needs to take some blame.
Speaking on Alan Biggs’ Sheffield Live TV show he said:
“Planning and preparation goes hand in hand with a manager’s job. He’s planning months and months ahead. You’ve got to plan months and months ahead.
“When you have been sanctioned with minus 12 points, it automatically puts you into a mode of Plan A and Plan B. What’s going to be the outcome of this and what is going to be the downfall that could happen?
“You plan well ahead in recruitment and you plan months in advance prior to the window opening so you have got five or six targets and you’ve already spoken to them. All that planning is going on all the time and managers do this regularly but it seems to be at Wednesday that there is no plan.
“Every football club has a structure of accountability.
“It obviously starts with the chairman. He oversees it all and he will have the final say.
“But he has got to allow people to do their jobs. To get the best out of people, you’ve got to allow people to know they can make decisions and get on with the job whether that is on the commercial side and the chief executive making contractual decisions.
“All those people working under the chairman have accountability if they get it wrong.
“As I said from the beginning, I totally admire Chansiri…he has put so much money into the football club but he has had his pants down and everybody from agents to players has sucked him dry.
“I’m sure he’s now in the mindset to say ‘you know what, if I’m going to lose all this money, I might as well do it myself.’
“He doesn’t allow anyone the freedom to make decisions whether it is the manager, the commercial side or whether the groundsman can cut the grass. Let them get on with the job that they have done for years and years and years and done a fantastic job.”
It’s naturally concerning times for Sheffield Wednesday as they head into a real summer of unknowns and it remains to be seen what Darren Moore is going to do with his playing staff in terms of comings and goings.
Can the Owls bounce straight back after a reset or will they be stuck in the third tier for some time to come? The decisions they make this summer will certainly dictate a lot of that.