Dejphon Chansiri has asked Sheffield Wednesday’s players about the prospect of going on furlough, according to reports from Yorkshire Live.
The Owls are in a difficult position with off-field financial struggles leading to problems on the pitch over recent years.
After several seasons on a downward trend, the chickens came home to roost when the South Yorkshire side suffered relegation to League One, leading several high-profile players to leave the club at the end of their contracts.
While a significant chunk has now been taken off the wage bill, fans will no doubt be worried following Yorkshire Live’s report.
That feeling has been echoed by the Sheffield Wednesday players who have been left ‘stunned’ by the proposal while outright rejecting the idea of being furloughed, as per an update from The Telegraph, who also claim that the players have not been paid this month.
Chansiri admitted in December that the club had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying: “With the COVID situation, we don’t have any revenue. We didn’t defer the players’ wages like other clubs. We tried our best to do it.
“The payments will be paid, just a little bit late. We have expenses every day, every month. Everyone has a problem, we have a problem with cash flow, but at the end the players will get paid.”
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This is another worrying piece of news to emerge from Hillsborough.
It’s clear that Sheffield Wednesday are struggling financially but this is a move that will no go down well with players or supporters.
It remains to be seen what the future hold for Dejphon Chansiri at Sheffield Wednesday, but with financial woes racking up it certainly suggests that something may have to given if he’s to stop the Owls from entering a precarious situation.
Whatever the outcome, supporters have every right to be very worried as they face the prospect of a very long, hard season in League One next term.