Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has appeared to take a swipe at the quality of the Birmingham City squad following the appointment of Garry Monk.
Chansiri made the move to appoint Monk as he finally took the decision to bring in a permanent new manager to fill the void left by Steve Bruce a few months ago.
And the Wednesday owner seemed pleased with his appointment, while also seemingly questioning the the ability of the squad Monk had to work with at St Andrews.
“I think he is the best choice at this time. I look at his CV, he did very well in Birmingham and another club also even though they don’t have good players. I think he can do this job. Many many managers sent their CVs to us, since July when Steve Bruce left. I talked to some in July, before I went to America I already talked to some.” Chansiri was quoted as saying by Birmingham Live.
The apparent dig from Chansiri will not go down well with Birmingham fans and it will raise the eyebrows of Monk too no doubt, who will question the wording of his chairman given the good job he will have felt he did with the Blues.
Monk led Birmingham to safety last season as fought off a nine point deduction to finish some 12 points clear of the bottom three. However, he was still relieved of his duties as Birmingham opted to appoint Pep Clotet for this season.
This is a strange old comment to make from Chansiri, who has made a good appointment but risks upsetting opposition supporters with comments like this.
I’m sure Chansiri didn’t quite mean offence in his comments but Birmingham fans won’t be too happy, while their players might well use it as motivation the next time they meet in the Championship.
It’s probably no more than a flippant comment in honesty and one he didn’t quite realise caused offence.