Sheffield Wednesday chief issues rallying cry to fans over EFL misconduct charge

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has urged everyone associated with the Championship club to get behind owner Dejphon Chansiri.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 6:10 am

The Owls, who entertain in-form Brentford on Saturday, face a long legal battle with the English Football League after being charged by the governing body with misconduct over the sale of Hillsborough.

Chansiri bought the ground for about £60m to help them record a pre-tax profit of £2.5m in the 2017/18 season and ensure Wednesday avoided breaching Profitability and Sustainability regulations.

But the EFL felt there was sufficient evidence to hit Wednesday with a misconduct charge, which relates to the timing of the sale and leaseback deal, in mid-November.

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The Owls have denied the allegations, claiming they are "unlawful" and have documents to support their claim.

If Wednesday are found guilty by an independent disciplinary commission, they could be hit with a hefty points deduction.

It has also emerged this week that Chansiri has been charged with misconduct and could be banned from football if the Owls lose their EFL dispute.

Monk told The Star: "We stick together.

Owls boss Garry Monk

"We show trust in the club and the chairman.

"He has invested a lot of time and money into this club.

"I have had good discussions with him and he wants this club to be successful. No one deny what he has done here in terms of investing in the team and the club.

"We have to stick together and support him and the club.”

The Owls chief intends to hold further talks with Chansiri about their off-the-field troubles when the Thai businessman returns to England later this month.

"We have had discussions and the chairman will be over very soon," said Monk, who held a team meeting with his squad after the news broke. “We will be able to discuss many things, not just that.

"I think you saw from the club statement how strongly we feel as a club that the situation is fine for us. We are able to go about what we need to do.

"I thought it was a good statement and a statement where you trust that and have full belief in it.”