Sheffield Wednesday: Recruitment, Amadeu Paixao and the ‘final decision’ – Dejphon Chansiri explains

Sheffield Wednesday chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, was asked about the Owls’ recruitment process, and the role of Amadeu Paixao within it.

Saturday, 21st May 2022, 6:00 am

Wednesday’s recruitment style has changed in recent years – partly because of transfer restrictions – as they leaned more towards free transfers, loans, and cheaper players, and that’s not expected to change drastically this summer as Darren Moore sets about trying to build a team that can gain automatic promotion.

And Chansiri, who was speaking to the media this week, says that his manager will always have the final say on players, explaining that the majority of the recruitment process is done ‘in-house’, with Head of Recruitment, David Downes, as well as others working closely with Moore when it comes to bringing new signings in.

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Speaking this week about the recruitment process at Wednesday, Chansiri explained, “We have in-house recruitment, we have a scouting team, and we also have people outside to help us. The vast majority of the recruitment process is done in-house, with our team putting the players together. The final decision on whether a player is right, and will fit into the team, comes down to the coach, who will give me the reasons why we need to sign them.

“Everyone who I call an advisor, which is anybody who gives suggestions, is respected. I have many advisors, this is normal.”

One of those advisors, Paixao, comes up a lot amongst the Wednesday fanbase, but Chansiri has played down the role he plays, explaining that he’s on hand to help when needed.

When The Star asked about the Portuguese figure, Chansiri said, “He is my personal advisor and has been from the beginning. We have known each other for a long time, seven years, he is a good friend and we have a good relationship.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri, right, and his personal advisor, Amadeu Paixao.

“If I have questions or I want advice or help on something, he tries to help. All the people I know are important to me. It doesn’t mean they’re the ones that can influence things or make decisions.

“Sometimes I think people are not fair to Amadeu, if they want to criticise then they can direct it to me - I’m the owner, I don’t mind.”

Wednesday are expected to have a busy window once again, with Moore out to replace many who will leave this summer.