What next, Mr. Chansiri? - One crazy year as a Wednesdayite Sheffield Wednesday writer: Joe Crann

I’ve been in this job almost a year now. I moved back to Sheffield to cover the club I’ve supported since I was in nappies. To get closer to the football team I’ve got tattooed on my arm and has played such a huge part in my life.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 5:00 pm

But since packing my bags and leaving South Africa for sunny South Yorkshire, I’ve seen more legal PDFs than wins, spent more time looking through accounts than watching goals being scored, and – like every single one of you – am now staring League One in the face.

In one of our previous conversations with Dejphon Chansiri, he was asked about concerns that Wednesday were in a worse position then than when he arrived in 2015 – he said he didn’t think it was.

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But when we’re on a train to Gillingham and Plymouth Argyle next season, there can be no denying that the club is in a worse position. In the very literal sense.

The third tier’s looking likely now, almost inevitable. And the uncertainty surrounding everything is crippling.

As things stand, Wednesdayites don’t know which division their team will be in, the players who’ll be playing, the manager who’ll be in charge, or what the roadmap for the future looks like.

I know it’s not Chansiri policy to announce contract lengths, but maybe Darren Moore should be the exception to that rule.

Sheffield Wednesday are staring League One in the face. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

I’ve spoken before about my thoughts on Moore… I think it’s a superb appointment regardless of where we’re playing next season, but with so much up in the air – even plenty of the club’s youngsters don’t know if they’ve got a club next season – even the best appointment doesn’t help if there are worries he’ll be out of the door in July.

If he’s being tasked with rebuilding this club, and lessons can been learned from the multitude of mistakes that have been made, then great.

But without clarity, how can anybody get behind the ‘project’?

I came home because I was granted an opportunity to mix my job with my passion, and because it was a job that 14-year-old Joe would’ve killed for.

But since then I’ve written article upon article on accounts, combed through numerous appeal documents and Googled legal jargon – that I never thought I’d need – as a point deduction went from being a fear to a reality.

14-year-old Joe wanted to write about football. About players, and transfers, and the way this club connects with this wonderful city. He didn’t want this.

I was one of the last out of Hillsborough after the Huddersfield Town draw, and I had a moment as the lights went out - on the game and, in many ways, the season.

That beautiful hallowed ground of ours has seen League One before, and will likely see it again soon, but that doesn’t make it right.

This club deserves better. That stadium deserves better. We all deserve better.

Mr. Chansiri will still be here next season, but that’s pretty much the only certainty Wednesdayites have right now. And that’s not enough. It’s not enough to allay the many fears that this battered and bruised fanbase has.

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