After only ten games in charge and 45 days into the job, manager Tony Pulis was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday this week. Only 24 hours earlier before the sacking Pulis had overseen a precious victory against Middlesbrough.
That victory over Boro also stretched Wednesday’s unbeaten run to three matches, but for chairman Dejphon Chansiri that still wasn’t good enough.
Another once proud club being sold down the river
The latest crazy episode at Hillsborough just goes to show how a once proud club has totally lost the plot.
Cast your mind back to 1991 when The Owls won the League Cup after beating Manchester United at Wembley. John Sheridan’s strike was enough to see off United for Ron Atkinson’s troops, who were a second division outfit at the time.
Wednesday enjoyed playing at Wembley in the eighties
Two years later Mark Bright celebrated wildly after scoring an extra time winner in the FA Cup semi-final. The Owls eventually lost out to Arsenal in the final but played at Wembley four times that season. Under player manager Trevor Francis Wednesday lost both domestic finals to Arsenal.
Move the clock on three decades and a once great club are on its knees fighting to avoid being relegated. Not just another relegation dogfight for Wednesday but this could be their third relegation to the third tier since its Premier League demise in 2020.
Enter Thai businessman Chansiri
Thai businessman Chansiri bought the club from Milan Mandaric for £37.5 million in early 2015. His target initially was promotion to the Premier League within two years. Instead, Wednesday have struggled and have never looked likely to return back to the top flight.
In Chansiri’s first two seasons Wednesday made the championship play-offs under Carlos Carvalhal. But once Carvalhal left in 2017 different managers have been appointed but none have been a success.
Jos Luhukay lasted barely a year and Steve Bruce five months. Garry Monk held the reigns for 15 months before being shown the door in favour of Pulis back in November.
Chansiri angering fans, not a way to win over fans
Chansiri has angered fans by changing the badge and got rid of stripes. Memo to new owners, don’t upset fans by wanting to change tradition. It just doesn’t work and you won’t be flavour of the month or year.
Wednesday were deducted 12 points this season, which was later reduced to six, for breaching spending rules. The players received only a percentage of their November salaries, with wages promised in full at some point.
Whoever will come in to replace Pulis will clearly be given no money to spend in January. With this in mind there appears only one direction Wednesday are heading, and that is down.