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PremierLeague-News.Com - It promises to be a manic summer at Hillsborough following relegation from the Championship and the Owls must think long and hard about their controversial matchday ticketing pricing structure
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! These are testing times for Sheffield Wednesday. After a year to forget on and off the pitch at Hillsborough, the Owls will kick off next season in League One. Owner Dejphon Chansiri has come under increased scrutiny over his running of the club. Many Wednesdayites have called for the Thai-based businessman to sell up following their relegation to the third tier of English football. But there is no sign of Chansiri throwing in the towel and looking to put the club up for sale. In his lengthy statement on the club's website on Saturday evening, Chansiri said: "We must pick ourselves up from the floor and move forward in a positive way. "We have had plans for both scenarios and now our immediate future is clear, we can start to put those plans into place. "I can pledge that as chairman, I will give everything I can and offer as much support as possible to everyone as we try and achieve promotion at the first attempt. "There are issues we must address in the short and long term and some things will not happen overnight." Talk is cheap. Actions are need to fix the club's mounting issues. And the inquest into one of the Owls' worst seasons in modern history is well underway. Lessons must be learned if Wednesday are to revive their fortunes. When Chansiri controversially upped matchday prices in his first year as Wednesday owner, he told supporters his “last intention" was to price anyone out of coming to Hillsborough. But the reality is that season ticket prices and the club's matchday ticketing pricing structure has helped drive a wedge between the club and the fans. Plenty had voted with their feet and had stopped going pre-Covid-19. Read More Related Articles Six Sheffield Wednesday transfer links rated as Darren Moore eyes summer rebuild Read More Related Articles What next for Sheffield Wednesday, Darren Moore and Dejphon Chansiri after a season of misery Research conducted by Sheffield Wednesday's Supporters Trust last year showed the cheapest season ticket at Hillsborough in the 19/20 season was the dearest in the Championship. The most expensive season ticket at Hillsborough in the 19/20 season was the second dearest in the the league. Sheffield is a working class city with working class values. These are tough economic times and some people will simply not be able to afford to go and watch the team in action when fans are allowed back at S6. Supporters have also grown impatient with the club over the long delay in their season ticket refunds. Over 8,000 Wednesdayites applied for refunds for matches missed at the end of the 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus outbreak. The implementation of a new ticketing system has slowed up the process. It was revealing that Chansiri said he would be "open" to slashing ticket prices at the most recent Supporters Engagement Panel before the club's relegation was confirmed. The minutes from the meeting read: “DC said he is open to reducing prices but the club must be sustainable, the owner cannot continually make up shortfalls. "He said no problem to raise the questions but invited the panel to offer solutions/alternatives in addition to simply reducing prices. DC is happy for the club to break even, not concerned with profit, but he must protect the club. Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday fans' Brighton recollections underline club's plight to Dejphon Chansiri Read More Related Articles When Sheffield Wednesday will find out their League One 2021/22 fixture list “Further debate was held on ticketing and DC explained the current situation is challenging because of the impact of COVID-19 and the team’s position, and said he has overall responsibility for the club and wants the fans and club to be together. “DC appreciates the support of all fans and acknowledges that fans will want cheaper tickets and/or rebates if in League One but added if we were promoted would the same principle apply, he said of course not and he would never ask that but it should be fair for both sides. “DC stressed everyone at the club is working as hard as possible to generate revenue across all areas in the current situation and we are open to all tangible suggestions. He said he is aware that some fans want him to leave but repeated that he is doing the best he can for SWFC and helping the club survive in the most trying of circumstances. “The panel agreed there are two sides to consider and aim to work together and build a shared approach. The panel voiced concerns that 55% of supporters requested refunds from 19/20, that is not a minority, they are genuinely concerned relationships have been damaged and one way for fans to communicate their message is to ask for a refund. Some will genuinely need that money because of the impact of the pandemic. “The panel said we all have to think about how we have got to this position and how to avoid it in the future and sustainability is crucial. The panel said they realise no one can demand reduced prices and not recognise the impact on the club. Ex-Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal, left, and Dejphon Chansiri. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images) “They can help on how to begin to build the shared understanding about what the fans think is realistic in terms of what they can contribute and what DC can contribute as no one can demand DC must spend his money on the club.
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. “DC said he is happy to follow suggestions if the books can be balanced but there are no guarantees in football. If any proposals protect the fans and the club, DC happy to accept.” As I wrote in my open letter to Chansiri earlier this week, the close season offers the club the perfect opportunity to take stock and reform. It's a chance to make positive changes and lift the doom and gloom surrounding the blue half of the city.
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Former Wednesday player and manager Chris Turner said: "The situation at the moment is the club is toxic on and off the field. The fans have lost all trust and all respect at this moment in time. "If I was advising the owner now, I would say 'find the money and repay those fans that season ticket money you promised them.' I think it's the end of this month that he said that would be done. "Then I would get a ticketing strategy that the man in the street and the fan in the street can afford to come and watch his team play. The number of supporters I speak to that don't buy season tickets 1) because they can't afford them and 2) they can't get their every week so it is not to their benefit. "The (hospitality) boxes need to be put down to proper prices in commercial so the lounges are buzzing and there is an atmosphere that filters through to the dressing room. The players run out to a stadium that is rocking and the players respond to that." The message is loud and clear. Get Hillsborough full again. Get Hillsborough rocking once more.
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On the club's ticket pricing structure, ex-Owls defender Jon Newsome said: "We all know that is wrong don't we? You go down to the club and half of the commercial boxes are empty. They all need a lick of paint. The lounges outside the commercial boxes are totally empty. Those places should be bouncing and full on a match-day and it does feed down to the players. "When you arrive at the game and there are 10 to 12,000 turning up and Hillsborough looks empty, it is not inspiring. When you turn up at the game and there is a buzz and there are thousands of fans at the ground, you walk across that white line and it gets your heart going. It gives you a buzz. "That is what this chairman has got to understand. Putting bums on seats, even if it means reducing those prices, and giving the supporters on the day a better product is what needs to happen." Hope is a big thing in football and it is up to the club to give Wednesdayites a reason to part with hard-earned cash and come through the turnstiles in their numbers next season.
Wednesday fans. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
They should look at what other clubs have done to reward fans after a challenging year. Motherwell are offering free season tickets to diehard supporters who have been unable to see their team in the flesh for over a year. The Scottish club have pledged that any fan who purchased a 2020/21 season can renew for 2021/22 at no cost. Premier League Burnley will offer free entry to 3,500 fans for their final Premier League home match of the season against Liverpool next week. There are ways and means of giving back to the punters who have continued to pour money into the club, despite being locked out of matches for over a year. Slashing ticket prices and improving the matchday experience would encourage fans to return to Hillsborough. Your move, Mr Chansiri.
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