Dejphon Chansiri is yet to pay the Sheffield Wednesday playing staffs’ wages for the months of March and April.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who claimed in a recent post on Twitter that the Sheffield Wednesday players have not received a paycheque since February.
A report by The Telegraph published shortly before the final round of fixtures in the Championship season revealed that the Owls’ playing staff had failed to receive their respective salaries; and if Nixon is to be believed, it would appear as if the financial situation at Hillsborough has not improved in the time since.
While a relegation fight is a challenging situation in which to be involved at the best of times, the added factor of not receiving wages from your club while fighting to secure survival must have had a considerable impact on the mental state of the Owls’ players over the final months of the season.
That the issue is now continuing into the summer does not appear to bode well ahead of the club’s League One campaign next season, as any potential transfer target Darren Moore may have will likely be put off by Chansiri’s history of not paying his players. There are also obvious repercussions that the EFL could impose on Wednesday if the situation is not sorted out promptly.
Furthermore, with the Yorkshire outfit still under a transfer embargo as a result of their previous financial troubles, it would seem unlikely that this would be lifted if Chansiri has still not managed to sort the club’s money problems.
Indeed, if the owner simply does not have the money to pay his players – many of whom have now left the club upon the expiry of their contracts – questions must be asked regarding his ability to continue running Sheffield Wednesday.
Either way, fans will undoubtedly be outraged with the owner following this latest development – and we wouldn’t blame them one bit if they were, as the future of Wednesday does not appear to be particularly bright at present, nor does it look like improving as long as Chansiri remains at the club.