Some of Dejphon Chansiri’s decisions at Sheffield Wednesday have cost the Owls dearly this season.
That’s according to Keith Andrews, who, when speaking to the Sky Sports EFL Podcast (via Football League World), claimed that Chansiri has not spent money wisely during his time at Wednesday, as well as taking aim at the owner’s trigger happy approach with managers.
He said: “Dejphon Chansiri, in trying to get to the holy land of the Premier League, and not spending the money wisely. This has not just crept up on them, likewise with Derby County.
“The squad was slightly unbalanced and you look at the number of head coaches and managers they’ve had this season, different messages. It has been a crazy, crazy season.”
Indeed, it has been something of a season to forget for Wednesday this term, with the Owls, barring a miraculous final day escape, looking likely to drop down to the third tier of English football ahead of next season.
After taking over at the club back in January 2015, when Chansiri promised the club’s fans that he would guide the club back to the Premier League, things appeared to be moving in the right direction at Hillsborough, with the Owls securing a top-six finish in the Championship in back to back seasons, although ultimately missing out on promotion both times.
However, following the sacking of Carlos Carvalhal towards the end of 2017, things began to take a turn for the worst at Wednesday, with a host of managers, including Jos Luhukay, Steve Bruce and Garry Monk, failing to reach the heights of Carvalhal’s tenure with mediocre finishes in the second tier.
Meanwhile, Chansiri had also been sanctioning a number of questionable moves in the transfer market, including spending £10.53 million on the signing of Jordan Rhodes, handing the forward a four-year deal on a whopping £35,000-per-week.
The effects of such signings have rocked Wednesday to their financial core this season, with Chansiri failing to pay the players on time on multiple occasions throughout the season, while the owner’s decision to sack Monk and replace him with Tony Pulis, only to then sack Pulis after just 10 games in charge, has also seen a lack of continuity at Hillsborough that has undoubtedly had a negative effect on the players.
As such, in rather stark contrast to Chansiri’s original promise of Premier League football under his leadership, it now appears more than likely that the owner will be responsible for the club playing in League One.