Owls Fans Column: Frugal approach from new owner suits Sheffield Wednesday fans just fine

Dejphon Chansiri
Dejphon Chansiri
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So the baton has been passed to our new owner Dejphon Chansiri from a visibly emotional Milan Mandaric.

Forgive me for paraphrasing an entire press conference but the gist of the Thai businessman’s plans for Sheffield Wednesday are that he wants us to be promoted to the Premier League in time for our 150th anniversary, he’ll respect our traditions and keep us blue, the stadium needs development and he’s not going to go daft with money.

All seems very reasonable to us fans. There’s no reason why in two seasons we can’t be vying for a place in the Premier League.

Stuart Gray said in his midweek press conference that we’re one “20 goal striker” away from being a side capable of winning promotion.

‘20 goal a season’ strikers are like the proverbial rocking horse excrement.

Unless the academy is currently nurturing the next Harry Kane, a prolific striker is going to cost money.

As will any development work on Hillsborough.

I’m all for being frugal after our over-spending years that left us in this position.

It’ll be interesting to see how much is enough to achieve an anniversary promotion. If you look at a team such as Reading who have wealthy Thai owners who believe in frugal investments, they have gone from a Premier League yo-yo team to hovering in the lower half of the Championship.

A realistic fund to achieve the goal of promotion needs to be agreed.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Mr Chansiri has in store for The Owls in the coming months.