Garry Monk has responded to reports the English Football League have asked Sheffield Wednesday to explain the recent sale of the club’s Hillsborough stadium.
Wednesday’s home for the past 120 years was bought by a company whose sole owner is the current Owls chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, for around £38 million – in what appears to have been an attempt to circumvent the EFL’s profit and sustainability rules.
But The Times claims that while the deal was detailed in the Championship club’s 2018 accounts, Land Registry documents date the transaction as having occurred almost 12 months later.
EXCLUSIVE: The Football League has asked Sheffield Wednesday to explain how a £38 million profit for the “sale” of Hillsborough was detailed in their 2018 accounts when Land Registry documents date the purchase almost 12 months later | @Lawton_Times https://t.co/XR8IL74427 pic.twitter.com/5KVY9PuVGX
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) September 25, 2019
Monk, who was Birmingham City’s manager when Wednesday’s league rivals were docked nine points for breaching P and S last season, recently succeeded Steve Bruce as Owls boss.
And when asked about the newspaper’s allegation, he told the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook page: “If I’m honest that’s a club issue. I’m not too aware of what’s what. I’ve just come in here, I’m only a couple of weeks into it. My whole focus has been on the football. That’s my job.
“I’ve just had 18 months of that at Birmingham. What I did was make sure that none of that distracts me, distracts my staff and distracts the players. Our job is to focus on the football. That side of it is for the club to take care of.
“And, of course, along the way clarity of where we’re at and what we’re doing will come.”
Sheffield Wednesday have spent part of each of the last two summer transfer windows under an embargo imposed by the EFL.