“Lurching from disaster to disaster…” – Former Owl discusses unpaid Sheffield Wednesday wages issue
David Prutton sympathises with Sheffield Wednesday’s players amid reports that they hadn’t been paid in full in the build-up to last weekend’s relegation decider.
The former Owl, who joined the club just before their last return to the Championship from League One, says that while footballers wages are different to your average Joe, they still have financial commitments that they have to meet.
Reports in the national media stated that Wednesday’s players were not paid their most recent wages ahead of the huge game against Derby County on Saturday, a game that they went on to draw 3-3 and ultimately resulted in their relegation into the third tier of English football.
Prutton also admitted that he was no expert on the business aspects of what Wednesday’s Dejphon Chansiri is dealing with, but suggested something needs to change.
Speaking Sky Sports’ EFL podcast, he said, “We are looking at Chansiri solely from a football ownership point of view… Given what has happened from the pandemic, these are very wealthy men who have got a lot of fingers in pies across the world that have been affected and that is just the way of the world. Far be it from me to know or understand the real depths of all that type of stuff.
"Lurching from disaster to disaster. Players again not being paid and not being paid in the run-up to this one. Whatever your earnings are, your living is relative to all of that. Just because it is vastly different to the person living in the streets wage doesn't mean to say it is any less relevant or any less important.
"They need someone to look at that from the running side of the football club in a practical and unemotive way…”
Meanwhile, of the players themselves after relegation was confirmed, he said, "That core of a playing squad for Sheffield Wednesday appeared to me to be big-name players that are good players and are good people and are very well remunerated as well.
"It is only human nature to think 'well, we got that close' and then next season you tail off slightly. It then becomes a very, very bloated ship that meanders around without really knocking on the door once again."