New owner wants Premier League by 2017

New owner Dejphon Chansiri says he hopes to see Wednesday return to the Premier League by 2017 … the year of our 150th birthday.

Speaking at a press conference at Hillsborough this morning, he said: “We want to get Sheffield Wednesday back in the Premier League. Our aim is to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary in the Premier League.”

He also revealed that he paid Milan Mandaric £37.5 million for the club, saying talks had been on-going for several months and that it was a personal purchase, not on behalf of his family.

Mr Mandaric, who was also in attendance, said: “Straightaway after meeting Mr Chansiri, I knew I was dealing with a winner. He will be a top chairman for this club.”

The new owner said he chose Wednesday because of its rich history, large and loyal following and the great potential it offers.

Referring to head coach, Stuart Gray, Mr Chansiri said: “Stuart Gray is a good man and very knowledgeable. I’m very happy with the job he’s doing and I give him my full support.”

He added that Mr Mandaric will remain as a trusted advisor, that chief executive Paul Aldridge will stay at the club and revealed that there are plans to establish a Wednesday academy in Thailand.

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