First impressions are powerful. A Thai businessman is clearly acting on his. And he decided Sheffield Wednesday had to go back into the entertainment business.
The warm welcome to Dejphon Chansiri off the field was not matched on it.
Notwithstanding the ultra-harsh exit of Stuart Gray, who over-achieved with what he had and presided over a club record for clean sheets, it’s not hard to predict the tone Chansiri will take when he personally unveils Carlos Carvalhal and a new coaching team.
“Attractive, aggressive, entertaining” – three big, brave words used by the Owls owner to describe the football he plans to parade. I’m guessing he’ll feel the unsung, little known and yet experienced Carvalhal will buy into that with some abandon.
Did Chansiri perhaps feel an English coach, knowing the steepness of the task, might pay lip service but then consider the percentages and play safe?
After 14 management tenures, Carlos has made a way of life of the revolving door. He’ll certainly have no fear. And at Hillsborough, where Wednesday teams have seemed traumatised, that could be a start.
To say Carvalhal would have footed the wish list of supporters is an understatement.
But I’m looking for positives from the most puzzling period I’ve known because I think it’s only fair.
Equally, it should be stressed that big statements need big players, either in name or delivery, if they are not to be thrown back into a chairman’s face.
One way or another, it’s going to be eventful. Not to say entertaining!