Sheffield Wednesday: We will always be blue, vows Chansiri

Dejphon Chansiri, right, with outgoing owner Milan Mandaric
Dejphon Chansiri, right, with outgoing owner Milan Mandaric

Thai tycoon Dejphon Chansiri has promised to remain true to the traditions of Sheffield Wednesday after completing his £37.5m takeover of the club.

Championship outfit Cardiff City controversially changed their home kit colour from blue to red in 2012 in an attempt to make them more marketable in Asia. The decision caused outrage among the Bluebirds fans.

Malaysian billionaire Vicent Tan, the Cardiff owner, opted to change the home strip back to blue less than two months ago following a decisive consultation meeting with supporters.

But new Wednesday chief Chansiri, who is targeting a return to the Premier League by 2017, the club’s 150th anniversary year, has vowed not to mess with their team colours.

Chansiri, speaking via a translator, told The Star: “Sheffield Wednesday is a club with a very rich history going back almost 150 years.

“In that time, there has been constant evolution. All I can say is that if there are any changes, it will be for the betterment of the club.”

Blue is my favourite colour. That (shirt change) is not on the table.

Dejphon Chansiri

But he added: “Blue is my favourite colour. That (shirt change) is not on the table.”

Chansiri, whose family owns Thai Union Frozen Group, outlined his short and long-term plans for the Owls at a packed press conference yesterday.

“The fan base is amazing and they are passionate about their team,” said Chansiri, who has purchased the club with his own personal money and stated that the club was now debt-free. “The response I’ve had from meeting fans out and about in Sheffield has been extraordinary.

“There is potential here. It’s a sleeping giant. There is a good chance we can make the improvements to get the team back up into the Premier League.”

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, meanwhile, has revealed they are contemplating taking action over an incident in which Owls captain Jose Semedo is alleged to have spat at Grant Leadbitter during Saturday’s clash. The duo clashed in the 64th minute of Wednesday’s 2-0 success, sparking an ugly scuffle between both sets of players. Semedo was ultimately cautioned for a separate altercation with Lee Tomlin.

Karanka said: “We are going to work (on it) but I prefer not to say anything because I don’t know what the steps are here and can’t say one thing because maybe I make a mistake.

“Grant and the club are working and let’s see, but I prefer not to say anything.”

It is unknown whether referee Stephen Martin included the alleged incident in his match report.

*Young striker Caolan Lavery is set to remain on loan at Chesterfield until the end of the season.

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