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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Owls owner has come under fire following the club's relegation to League One. They would have stayed up had they not been deducted six points for breaching EFL spending rules
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Brian Laws has delivered a withering assessment of owner Dejphon Chansiri's running of Sheffield Wednesday, blaming him for the club's relegation to League One. Thai-based businessman Chansiri has come in for heavy criticism from the Owls fan-base after the South Yorkshire club finished bottom of the Championship. Had Wednesday not been deducted six points for breaching English Football League spending rules, they would have avoided the drop. But the Owls, who had three permanent managers in a torrid season, will kick off next year in the third tier of English football for the first time in nine years. Speaking on Alan Biggs' Sheffield Live TV show last night, former Wednesday chief Laws pointed the finger at Chansiri, accusing him of a lack of "knowledge and a lack of respect for people's knowledge". He said: "Planning and preparation goes hand in hand with a manager's job. He's planning months and months ahead. You've got to plan months and months ahead. "When you have been sanctioned with minus 12 points, it automatically puts you into a mode of Plan A and Plan B. What's going to be the outcome of this and what is going to be the downfall that could happen? "You plan well ahead in recruitment and you plan months in advance prior to the window opening so you have got five or six targets and you've already spoken to them. All that planning is going on all the time and manager's do this regularly but it seems to be at Wednesday that there is no plan. "It's almost like making decisions off the cuff and waiting for something to happen before they react. Chansiri, who acquired the club from Milan Mandaric in 2015, has apologised to supporters for their dismal season and taken full responsibility for the Owls going down. Read More Related Articles Derby County 'end talks' with ex-Sheffield Wednesday advisor Erik Alonso over proposed takeover Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday fans deliver their verdict on the club's League One promotion credentials "Every football club has a structure of accountability," said Laws. "It obviously starts with the chairman. He oversees it all and he will have the final say. "But he has got to allow people to do their jobs. To get the best out of people, you've got to allow people to know they can make decisions and get on with the job whether that is on the commercial side and the chief executive making contractual decisions. "All those people working under the chairman have accountability if they get it wrong. "As I said from the beginning, I totally admire Chansiri...he has put so much money into the football club but he has had his pants down and everybody from agents to players has sucked him dry. "I'm sure he's now in the mindset to say 'you know what, if I'm going to lose all this money, I might as well do it myself.' "He doesn't allow anyone the freedom to make decisions whether it is the manager, the commercial side or whether the groundsman can cut the grass.
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Former Owls boss Brian Laws. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Laws has urged Chansiri to learn lessons after the worst year of his premiership and called on him to put a plan in place to give the club the best possible chance of bouncing back at the first attempt. He said: "When you do walk around (the club), the staff feel so low because they have got no structure in place. They are not enjoying their job because there's nothing to fulfil. They are just doing what they have been told to do without expressing themselves and using their experiences that they have at this football club. "I think he [Chansiri] has reined everything in and unfortunately he has reined it in so tight. He's a man that has got zero qualifications to run a football club. It's not his fault. He has just gone into a situation with a vision of grandeur. "I don't know how he works in his own country but he seems as though he has brought that mentality over here and it doesn't work with the way English football works.
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"Everybody is so low and it is not going to stop. It is just going to continue. "For all that Mr Chansiri has apologised and taken full responsibility, you've got to do something about it. It's so frustrating from the outside looking in. "I feel like I want to shake him to say 'I know it's your money and all the fans appreciate your money but you've wasted so much of your money. It is other people that have wasted your money.' "I understand you want to make the decisions. You can financially do it right if you get the right people in who understand (football) and won't be throwing his money away. "It would actually be quite good for the football club to lower its expectations in terms of finances and keep it at a level that is sustainable."
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