Jon Newsome says Sheffield Wednesday finally heading in right direction under Dejphon Chansiri
20 Dec 1997: Gianluca Vialli of Chelsea is held back by Jon Newsome of Sheffield Wednesday during the FA Carling Premiership match at Hillsborough in Sheffield, England. Chelsea won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

Jon Newsome says Sheffield Wednesday finally heading in right direction under Dejphon Chansiri

Dejphon Chansiri is finally ‘heading in the right direction’ after four-and-a-half-years as chairman of Sheffield Wednesday.

That according to the former Wednesday centre-back Jon Newsome, who was appearing on Alan Biggs’ Sheffield Live TV show yesterday (Thursday).

Chansiri acquired the club from Milan Mandaric in early 2015 and enjoyed success in his first two, full seasons at Hillsborough.

The Owls reached the play-offs in each of those campaigns but struggled in the two ensuring ones, finishing in 15th and 12th respectively.

A large part of that was down to a lack of investment in the playing squad, as Wednesday battled to comply with the English Football League’s Profit & Sustainability rules.


But unlike most others in the same boat, the Owls failed to aid their cause through player sales.

The Wednesday chairman, Chansiri. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

And until the recent departure of Lucas Joao to Reading, for a fee which it is claimed could hit £7 million, Jack Hunt was the only player sold for a seven-figure sum.

But Joao’s exit gave Sheffield Wednesday some much-needed leeway in the final few days of the summer transfer window, enabling them to bring in a trio of signings, Massimo Luongo (permanently), Josh Murphy and David Bates (both on loan).

Defending Chansiri, Newsome said: “I think it’s virtually impossible for somebody to come in and do that (adapt immediately to the English transfer market).

“I don’t know the man personally, but you look at his background. How much football has he watched throughout his life? Probably very, very little, if any at all.

“(He) comes into the game, he’s got these ideas. This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to throw a lot of money at this football club and we’re going to get into the Premier League.

“It’s not that simple to do that. It’s not just about going out and buying.”

And Newsome, who had two spells with his boyhood club Wednesday and won a top-flight title with Leeds United, added: “Money attracts good and bad. And sometimes more bad than good.

“And if you’re inexperienced, you’re trying to obtain help and information from people who you trust.

“I’m not saying this is correct, but if there is an ulterior motive, if there is money going out of the club, into other people’s pockets, they’re going to line their pockets, aren’t they? Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in.

“It’s been a really tough learning curve for him, but I do think he’s properly heading in the right direction.

“I also think that Steve Bruce brought in a head of recruitment (David Downes) and a recruitment analyst (Dean Hughes) and I think they must have had a lot of input into the players that were highlighted for this window. At the moment, it looks like that information has (led to) good quality.”

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