What Dejphon Chansiri said when asked how much it would take for fans to buy Sheffield Wednesday
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Speaking in a press conference just a few days after the shock sacking of Tony Pulis, the Sheffield Wednesday owner once again took issue with the vocal criticism of what he described as a ‘minority’ of supporters and reiterated his stance that if fans really were to want him to leave, he would happily listen to offers.
Pressed on how large an offer would have to be for the supporters to buy the club by The Star, the Thai businessman said: “I haven’t thought about that.
“It is fine if the fans want to put an offer to me. My people told me on social that many people want me to leave or want another investor. You can buy me out or get another one, not just talking.
“Don’t try to say ‘We cannot buy you out’, why? You have a fan base of 200,000. If you put a little bit of money in why can you not buy me out?
“Don’t just be moaning, negative, if you want to buy me out, buy me out? I don’t mind if you don’t want me, I don’t mind.
“But it must be reasonable, that’s it. If you ask me for a figure, I do not think about that.”
Chansiri, who in his last media engagement laughed off the notion of rumoured interest from the likes of Red Bull for the club, has owned the club for six years.
After back-to-back playoff campaigns in his first two seasons with the club, he has since faced major criticism for his handling of club affairs, including the handling of accounts that led to a financial misconduct charge and a subsequent points deduction.
The Wednesday chairman, who admitted he could not guarantee the club would not be embroiled in FFP troubles in future seasons, bristled at The Star’s line of questioning and intimated that if it was something that was realistic, he would like to see action from supporters.
“You [The Star] should not ask me a question about something that does not happen,” he said.
“Some negative people always say ‘leave, leave, leave’, but then when you ask them to put some money, they say no to you. They’re too happy to be negative, that’s all.
“If you want to buy, show me and then we can talk. You ask the question, but it’s not realistic.
“If the fans want to buy, they do not need to buy 100 per cent, they can buy 50 per cent. Then I can stand down and they can manage. I want to see how you can manage also.
“If you manage the club, it’s different from being a fan. If you want to buy 100 per cent I’m happy, no problem.
“But I love this club, I am here six years. If I leave, I will still support and I will show how to be a supporter.
“If the fans want me to leave, many clubs want me. I don’t want to go.”