‘Ups and downs…’ - Dejphon Chansiri talks ‘Director of Football’ at Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, spoke to the fan engagement panel about the appointment of a Director of Football…

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 12:52 pm
Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has given his thoughts on a Director of Football at the club.

His views haven’t changed though.

The Owls owner has said previously that he was not looking to have a Director of Football or Chief Executive role at the club at this present time, despite numerous fans calling for one to be appointed.

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Chansiri has stressed in the past that he’s happy with the current structure of the club, but the topic of the role was once again brought up in the latest engagement panel meeting a couple of weeks ago.

As explained in the minutes of the latest panel, Chansiri reiterated his stance on the matter, “DC said he has already explained his views on a Director of Football (DoF) but will do so again. DC believes if the manager is to have the final say on recruitment and team selection then a DoF would be a contrast if it was DoF making player decisions and not the manager. DC said the final say on football matters should sit with the manager as he is the one who works with and selects the players.

“DC said we have a ‘committee of football’ rather than one DoF position, with the manager having final say, if we have one DoF we are reliant on that, we have more than one voice. DC said this is a similar system from the beginning of his ownership which saw two Play-Off seasons and accepts since then the position of the team has declined. DC said there are ups and down in sport, all clubs will have some player recruitment that is a success and others not, the same as most clubs all the way to the top of the Premier League.

“Regarding a CEO, he repeated that what is the best for the club, he will do. He said it is not uncommon in Asia where you can take the role of CEO and chairman for example at the same time. DC said he has an experienced senior management team (SMT) in place and sub committees too. Everyone works as a collective.”

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