"He should be more professional" - Dejphon Chansiri fires back at criticism from Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle’s comments that Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri is at fault for the club’s current malaise were ‘unprofessional’ and ‘disrespectful’, according to the man himself.

By Alex Miller
Saturday, 28th March 2020, 7:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th March 2020, 2:35 pm

The Wednesday legend, who played over 100 times for the club and 62 times for England, told BBC Radio Sheffield earlier this month that he felt Chansiri had ‘a lot to answer for’ and that he ‘couldn’t take criticism.’

The Owls sit 15th in the table with any notion of a playoff push after football’s resumption looking unlikely and the season has been dominated by the club’s ongoing arm-wrestle with the EFL that sees them threatened with a points deduction.

Asked about Waddle’s comments, Chansiri said: “My answer to this if anyone has something to say, which is fine, then please be constructive and with respect.

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“Chris Waddle does not know how the inside of our club works, he knows very little about the Sheffield Wednesday of today other than our position in the table.

“Would he be saying the same thing if we were still in third place? What experience does he have of running a football club?

“I understand he is a legend of the fans but he should think more if he is trying to influence people. He should be more professional.

“Does he have the answers to his questions? It is too easy to just criticise. I don’t mind anyone having an opinion, but please have respect and the facts.”

Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle has been critical of Dejphon Chansiri.

Waddle had said: “It's just chaos and to me, it starts at the top. Chansiri for me has a lot to answer to. He should be the one, it's easier for fans to turn on managers and players but it's about time he gets it sorted out. The club has to be run better, it's chaos.

"From the outside looking in, it's a mess, to be honest with you. He's the man at the top. He can't take criticism but that's what you get at the top of a football club. He runs the football club, he's got them in a mess and he has to get them out."