What Dejphon Chansiri said about Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk
Dejphon Chansiri, the Sheffield Wednesday owner, says Garry Monk has ‘my support as chairman’ – but refused to be drawn on the manager’s performance since taking over at the club.
The Thai businessman appointed the 41-year-old in September following the departure of Steve Bruce to boyhood club Newcastle United last summer.
Monk had an encouraging start to his Hillsborough reign, steering the Owls to third place at Christmas.
But since then, Wednesday have lost nine of their last 14 Championship matches and have slipped to the 15th – sparking calls from some fans for Monk to be sacked.
However, while Chansiri refused to be drawn on the job Monk had done so far, he revealed the pair have spoken about results.
“It would be wrong of me as chairman to give a public assessment, whether that is good, bad or anywhere in the middle,” he said on Yorkshire Live.
“We have had many meetings and conversations, he gives his side, I give my side, this is normal.
“When the manager speaks to the players they all say those conversations stay in the dressing room and it is the same situation when I speak to the manager.”
“Garry has my support as chairman. He is a very transparent manager and never moves away from any questions or opinions,” he added.
The owner was also coy on Monk’s explosive comments about deep-rooted issues at the club after the embarrassing 5-0 defeat at Brentford earlier this month.
“I do believe this question is better to be answered by Garry,” said Chansiri.
“He knows exactly what he means about the players and from what he has said in his media interviews, before and after games. I believe everyone knows what he means.
“He is an experienced manager in the Premier League and the Championship and has many years’ experience as a player.
“It is normal for the manager to have concerns when results are not going well and he will explore every possibility to repair the situation.”
Last week Monk spoke about the support he had received from the owner, but admitted he had ‘to produce results and results are king’.