Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has faced criticism for his handling of the club, with football finance expert Kieran Maguire expressing strong disapproval of his actions.
Chansiri recently stirred controversy by requesting 20,000 fans to contribute £100 each to settle the club’s £2 million HMRC debt.
In response, Sheffield Wednesday released a statement, attributed to Chansiri, confirming that the bill, as well as player and staff wages, have been paid.
Maguire, in an interview with the Sheffield Star, voiced his dissatisfaction with Chansiri’s management of the club, describing it as unprofessional and offensive to the fans.
Maguire emphasized that Chansiri was the one responsible for the contracts that led to the club’s current situation, and the burden should not be placed on the fans.
He underscored the importance of owners viewing themselves as custodians and understanding the lifelong commitment that fans have to their clubs. Maguire concluded that Chansiri’s actions do not align with this perspective.
Many believe that Chansiri has not been a suitable owner for Sheffield Wednesday. The request for fan donations was widely criticized.
It has also been reported that Chansiri has returned to his home country of Thailand to keep a low profile amid the ongoing controversy. There is hope among fans that a new owner will take over the club in the near future.