Sheffield Wednesday: What Garry Monk had to say on the EFL charges against Dejphon Chansiri and the Owls

Garry Monk, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, has told his players not to get distracted by the English Football League charges hanging over the Championship club.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 1:04 pm

Wednesday were hit with a misconduct charge by the EFL last month over selling their Hillsborough Stadium to owner Dejphon Chansiri to avoid falling foul of Profitability and Sustainability rules.

It has also emerged that chairman Chansiri, finance director John Redgate and the Owls' former chief executive Katrien Meire have also been charged individually over the controversial deal.

The club dispute the charges, which relates to "how and when" Hillsborough was sold and its early inclusion in the 2017-2018 accounts. Wednesday deny the allegations, claiming the charges brought against them by the governing body are "in breach of binding expectation" and "unlawful".

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Owls boss Garry Monk. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

The Owls, who currently occupy ninth position in the Championship, just two points adrift of the play-off positions, came out fighting on Wednesday evening, saying they "stand ready" to bring a counter-claim against the EFL for compensation.

No date has yet been set for independent disciplinary commission, which will consider the charges.

If the Owls are found guilty, they face "any sanction" under EFL regulation 92.2, which range from a reprimand to a points deduction, financial penalty or possible expulsion from the league.

As for Chansiri, Redgate and Meire, they risk being banned from football if found guilty.

Speaking at his Brentford press call today, Monk said: "Our job is to be focused on what we are doing and that's all we can control.

"There will be a lot of things that comes out media wise but along the way we have to focus on what we are doing.

"I'm sure there will be more that will come out but we can't let it distract us.

"We have to focus on our jobs and that's what we are trying to do."

Hillsborough was sold to to another company registered in the name of chairman Dejphon Chansiri earlier this year for about £60m, helping them record a pre-tax profit of £2.5m for 2017/18 campaign.

Without the sale of the ground, Wednesday would have breached P&S rules. The regulations state clubs are only allowed to lose £39m over three years.