‘Enough is enough’ - Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Trust call for action from Dejphon Chansiri
The Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Trust has called on the club’s chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, to ‘be honest with fans’ about the financial situation they’re in.
Wednesday, who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, are experiencing difficulties with regards to cashflow at present, with a number of players having issues with their wages.
As reported by The Star, the wage issues have led to a number of players considering handing in their notice at the club, and the SWST is adamant that Chansiri needs to take action.
A statement from the Trust today read, “The reports that players contracted for next season are allegedly planning to give notice to terminate their contracts due to unpaid wages is only the latest in recent reports of significant cash flow difficulties at Sheffield Wednesday these reports pre-date Coronavirus. Enough is enough.
“Mr Chansiri must be honest with fans about the reality of SWFC’s financial situation, and
show that he has a credible plan to ensure the club’s immediate survival and stability. If he cannot do this, the Chairman must act with honour and integrity and sell the club at a reasonable price to someone who can do this.
“The Trust is going to survey members this week on a range of possible actions and plans to take forward into a campaign to deliver positive change at SWFC. These include moving away from an owner neutral position, possible protest action to pressure for change and how we might respond to the club entering administration.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Trust, James Silverwood, said, “The Trust has directly lobbied for positive change at SWFC since it was established 14 months ago but we’ve been mindful of the risks to the club of campaigning against an owner with no replacement in place. We are a democratic organisation and all our members joined based on our initial strategy which is asking Mr Chansiri to change the way the club is run.
“We often get questions about how we can be representative of fan views as opposed to those of the board, and this consultation is vital to ensure the integrity of any change in approach.”