Dom Howson column: Many questions remain unanswered over Chansiri’s plans for the future

Dejphon Chansiri
Dejphon Chansiri

Everybody of an Owls persuasion will be expecting there to be plenty of activity at S6 on and off the pitch in the close season.

In his unveiling last month, owner Dejphon Chansiri made a good first impression, agreeing to splash the cash on a brand new pitch and install a new scoreboard at Hillsborough. Since then, it has also emerged a European scout is to be brought in to assist their recruitment drive.

Chansiri said and made all the right noises, admitting he wants to lead the club back into the Premier League within the next two years, but a lot of questions remain unanswered.

How much money will the Thai businessman give head coach Stuart Gray to spend in the transfer market on players and wages this summer? How many new additions will Gray be allowed to bring in? When does Chansiri plan on appointing a director of football? (Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli was linked to the role yesterday) What other changes does Chansiri plan on making behind the scenes?

Owls legend Chris Waddle said: “There is nothing that has really been spelt out yet on where they are going.

“Let’s see what the budget is and the quality that Stuart Gray is allowed to bring in. He has done a marvellous job with the resources he has got.”

What Chansiri has stated is that he wants success to be achieved in a “smart and sustainable manner”. Throwing loads of money at it doesn’t always bring glory. Judging by the above comments, you get the sense Wednesday and Chansiri have every intention of still complying with Financial Fair Play rules and will look to live within their means.

Before a summer of change, there is still plenty at stake for the Owls in the final seven matches of the campaign. Wednesday’s hopes of a play-off challenge have virtually disappeared but equalling their highest finish since relegation from the top-flight in 2000 – ninth-place in 2006-07 – is doable.

Then there is the little matter of the 15 players who are out of contract. You suspect quite a few of that bunch will be deemed surplus to requirements.

In their last outing at Rotherham United, the Owls’ squad clearly showed they are not in flip flop mode getting ready for their jollies but they owe it to themselves, the fans and Gray to finish a year of progress in a positive fashion.