At a packed fan’s forum last night, Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri discussed the plight of the club, their current direction and any hope he had for the future.
The Thai businessman took over at Wednesday in January 2015 and under his watchful eye they finished in the top six in consecutive seasons. Last time out they struggled under Jos Luhukay and they’re now under a transfer embargo, in place since April.
In his address to the fans he acknowledged the right decisions hadn’t always been made and then delivered the following message:
“If you want me to leave, I can leave immediately. Don’t insult me. I think I try to do my best for the club. If you think I’m not good enough, find someone who can do better than me.”
Wednesday lost their opening game of the season against Wigan Athletic and have been unable to recruit in a frustrating summer for all at Hillsborough.
The full fan’s forum was very frank indeed, with the club’s plight laid bare for all to see. It is the owner’s openness surrounding his own position that is both alarming and refreshing at the same time. He’s not clinging to power like a crazed despot, he’s happy to walk away if the fans demand it and find a better alternative, or at least he says he is.
However, he’s also not looking to abandon the club in a time of need and however bad things appear right now, that is also a big positive for Sheffield Wednesday.