Seafood magnate Dejphon Chansiri took a little over six weeks to fall in love with Sheffield Wednesday.
Departing Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has revealed how fast the deal to sell the club for a reported £30m to Chansiri, a member of the family that controls Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), was agreed.
Lots of other clubs have changed ownership but rarely this quickly. However, Mandaric has decided to step down as chairman and director, insisting Chansiri is the right person to take the club forward.
Mandaric, who will remain at Hillsborough in an advisory role, told The Star: “They (Thai group) have been interested for the last 45 days. It’s not been long. Once I started talking to them, I found they are really good, very committed, credible people. I think our supporters will be happy.
“Their aim is very simple. They want to take the club into the Premier League and that’s what convinced me to make the deal.”
New owner Chansiri has pledged to outline his vision for the Owls as soon as the buyout has been ratified by the Football League.
“This is club too big to stay in the Championship,” said Mandaric, who has confirmed the club are looking to sign a couple more players before the transfer window shuts on Monday. “It has taken a lot of hard work to get it to where it is right now but it’s got to go further.
“They (the new owners) know it’s a special club. It’s a challenge they are looking forward to and they want to make improvements.”