Sheffield Wednesday: New boss may consider director of football option

Dejphon Chansiri
Dejphon Chansiri

New Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri may look into the possibility of bringing in a director of football as part of a new management structure at Hillsborough.

After appointing Stuart Gray as head coach on a full-time basis in January 2014, outgoing Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric said he would be in the market for a director of football. That was part of Mandaric’s long-term strategy for the club.

Fresh from purchasing the Owls from Mandaric in a £37.5m deal, wiping out all existing debts – a pre-condition of the takeover going ahead, Chansiri, speaking through an interpreter, told The Star: “Seeing how I have just taken control of the club, there are a lot of factors that need to be looked at.

“I will need some time before I can answer anything about this (director of football).”

The 46-year-old has revealed plans for two representatives from Thailand to be added to the management structure to assist chief executive Paul Aldridge with the day-to-day running of the club. The duo will keep Chansiri informed of all developments at Wednesday when he is in his native country.

“I will be having two representatives from Thailand here at the club on a day to day basis,” he said. “They will be reporting to me daily on everything that is going on at the club so that I know everything that is happening.

“As chairman, my responsibility will be the overall big picture. As far as the day to day running of the club is concerned, I will be relying on Paul Aldridge.”

After conducting a symbolic signing session with outgoing owner Mandaric in front of a packed press conference at Hillsborough on Monday, Chansiri said he wants to take the Championship club back to the Premier League within the next two years. The Owls celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2017.

For Wednesday to compete in the upper echelons of the division, Chansiri accepts a significant amount of cash needs to be spent on improving the Hillsborough pitch. The playing surface has been in a poor condition for several months.

“In the summer, one of the first priorities will be improvements to the actual pitch,” said Chansiri. “There will also be other improvements to the infrastructure and stadium that we are currently in discussions with the team about.”