OWLS TAKEOVER: FIVE things Sheffield Wednesday’s new owners need to do now

Hillsborough is now under new ownership
Hillsborough is now under new ownership
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The ink has barely dried on the agreement to hand over the ownership to tuna tycoon Dejphon Chansiri and already Sheffield Wednesday fans are wanting to know what happens next.

Here, Richard Fidler goes through five things that should be a priority for Chansiri, once he gets his feet under Milan Mandaric’s table.

1 It is going to be tight with the transfer window about to slam shut but bringing in an experienced striker or midfielder who is proven at this level would be a great boost. However, it has to be a sensible signing - there’s no point just burning money for the sake of it. Failing that, look to land a quality loan signing in the next emergency loan window.

I’m not saying they ‘have’ to sign someone but by doing so it would be a real statement of intent that the club is operating on a new level.

2 Secure the future of goalkeeper Keiren Westwood. The Owls No.1 has been Player of the Season so far and has already attracted the attention of Premier League clubs. The Republic of Ireland international needs to be shown he’ll be back in the top-flight by staying at Hillsborough rather than making a move.

3 Take a long, unemotional view of the Hillsborough stadium and begin plans for its redevelopment. The ground has size but in terms of facilities is a long way behind new stadiums or those that have been significantly redeveloped recently. Start with a new scoreboard and pitch and go from there...

4 Assess the club’s training facilities. Wednesday have been based at Middlewood Road for forever and a day but the better players, who the Owls should be targeting, will take into account what is offered as a total package and that includes how good the training ground is. Now, I’m not saying Wednesday can go in for the whole redevelopment of an area like Manchester City have but the vision needs to be big - it is the only way of building a sustainable future.

5 Observe the club’s traditions. Only change things that will make the club better. Messing around with kits or nicknames will not go down well - Cardiff and Hull fans can be our witnesses to that.


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As a final summary I can only assume that the new consortium have bought the club with a view to it returning to the Premier League. My suggestions above are based on this premise. I’m not sure they’d be investing in Sheffield Wednesday if it was to maintain a mid-table Championship status.

So that is why they need to be bold. It’s a long time since the Owls were in the Premier League, the world has moved on.

The club needs to have a different sort of thinking - fans included - than what it has had in recent years.

If clubs such as Stoke, Sunderland, Southampton and Swansea can be ranked within the world’s top 30 richest then there is no reason why, over time, Wednesday cannot join them.

Unfortunately, like many things in life, it all comes down to money. If the Thai-consortium want to play with the big boys then they need to spend plenty of cash, and not just on players.

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