Clear message sent from Sheffield Wednesday fan survey - 90% NOT satisfied with Dejphon Chansiri's running of club

A survey of over 1,000 Sheffield Wednesday supporters has sent a crystal clear message to Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri; that his running of the club must improve.

By Alex Miller
Monday, 31st May 2021, 5:00 am

An online questionnaire collected by The Star over the course of last week asked fans whether they were satisfied with the Thai businessman’s running of the club, with an incredible 89.9% answering ‘no’.

Asked to rate his handling of the club out of 10, some 87% of respondents rated his performance at a five or lower. Nearly six in 10 respondents (58.5%) rated three or lower.

Chansiri has come under fire after the club were slapped with an initial 12 point deduction last summer for its botched handling of the sale of Hillsborough stadium to another company launched in Chansiri’s name. That deduction was later halved to six points on appeal.

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.

Ultimately Wednesday were relegated bottom of the Championship table in the 2020/21 season, three points shy of safety.

The attention of many now turns to the future, where the club face a major rebuilding process heading into League One. Asked what Chansiri should consider going forward, around two in five supporters (42.2%) who completed the survey said they thought he should look to sell the club.

Some 68.6% of fans would like to see Chansiri hire a CEO to assist with the club day-to-day running of the club itself, while 59.1% would like to see him hire a Director of Football to assist with football operations.

Just over a quarter of fans (25.2%) would like to see him seek outside investment in Sheffield Wednesday

Only 1.4% of respondents would prefer to see him continue as he is.

In a passionate statement released in the hours after relegation to League One was confirmed, the Wednesday owner said it was the ‘lowest he’s felt’ since he took the club on in 2015.

It read in part: “As your owner and chairman, I take full responsibility for everything that happens at our club.

“I am the leader and in good times or bad, the responsibility for Sheffield Wednesday lies with me. I am sorry to you all that we have been relegated.”

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