Nick Matthew column: Hopefully Chansiri can lead Owls back into the top-flight

Prospective new Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri sitting alongside Milan Mandaric at the Madejski Stadium.
Prospective new Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri sitting alongside Milan Mandaric at the Madejski Stadium.
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LuckyRed? - It is great Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri has taken over my beloved Sheffield Wednesday.

Everyone gets excited by a takeover but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. Not every team can go up to the Premier League.

But I’m sure Mandaric has done everything in his power to ensure the club remains in safe hands and picked a guy who he feels is going to take the club on to the next level.

However, I’m slightly concerned, if the situation at Cardiff is anything to go by, that we might have two clubs in Sheffield playing in red & white stripes next season!

Australian Open

I thought the quality of tennis in the mens singles final was so high in Melbourne for three sets and Andy Murray seemed to get frustrated and fall away in the fourth. Djokovic might have his ups & downs in the course of a match but always finds a way to be last man standing. He’s got unbelievable mental strength.


After all the talk of Murray’s fiancee Kim Sears and her colourful language during the Tomas Berdych semi-final, I thought I had better remind my wife, Esme, to stay away from the camera during my matches!

New Arrival

There was a new arrival with amazing sporting pedigree this week. Congratulations to Winter Olympic legends Shelley Rudman and Kristan Bromley on the birth of their second daughter, Sofia.

Sheffield Mafia

Talking of Sheffield sporting royalty, it was good to see former England and Yorkshire cricketer Michael Vaughan on my flight back from New York last weekend. However, our conversation got cut short when he turned left in to business class and I turned right in to cattle!

Trophy Hunting

This week I’m off to Linköping for the Swedish Open followed by Manchester for The National Squash Championships the week after. They have been two of my happiest hunting grounds over the years so I’m hoping for more success in the coming weeks.

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