Alex Miller's column: What would a Netflix documentary at Sheffield Wednesday look like?

Keeping the mind occupied has not been easy for the discerning sports nut over the past few weeks.
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The world of football, of course, lays flat, the buzz of a matchday a distant memory. Sundays in front of the television are all of a sudden not so Super.

Desperate measures have had to be taken. Re-runs of season reviews have been gorged on social media, classic matches replayed on TV. And millions have taken to the subscription streaming services to sample sports documentaries.

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One genre in particular has served as a talking point – that of the fly-on-the-wall documentary.

And for good reason, they’re largely pretty excellent. Netflix’s ‘Sunderland Til I Die’ sprouted up with exquisite timing and provided incredible insight into the inner workings of a club on life support, while over on Amazon ‘Take Us Home’ – a similar series charting the rise and fall of Leeds United’s 2018/19 season – is well worth a watch.

There are more; the ‘All or Nothing’ franchise tears down the walls at Manchester City and rugby union’s all-conquering All Blacks and ‘The Test’ presents a crude display of the Australian cricket side’s Ashes tour to England last summer.

The PR pitfalls are as deep as any potential benefits, but the financial gains obvious. Speaking to The Star last week former Sunderland boss and one time Sheffield Wednesday loanee Simon Grayson confided that it was a difficult scenario for a manager to navigate.

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You’ve got to wonder, haven’t you? What would a behind-the-scenes documentary at Sheffield Wednesday look like?

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.
Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.

The way of working in the inner sanctum at Hillsborough remains something of a mystery, with clarity still sought on who does what and exactly how decisions are made.

Perhaps those to have built Dejphon Chansiri up to be something he may or may not be would be surprised at the practices of him and those around him.

Chansiri is of course absolutely within his rights to keep the walls around his castle high. He’s a fiercely private man and it’s certainly the more common approach to take.

But it would make for excellent television.