Wednesday have announced the takeover of the club by a Thai businessman … and he is hoping to help bring in new players before the January transfer window on Monday.
In a statement today, the club said: “Sheffield Wednesday Football Club are extremely pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between Milan Mandaric on behalf of UKFI Limited and Mr Dejphon Chansiri to acquire 100% of the shareholding in the football club.
“Mr Chansiri is a distinguished businessman in Thailand whose family control the Thai Union Frozen Group, the world’s largest producer of tuna as well as one of the biggest worldwide general seafood producers.”
Mr Chansiri told the club website: “I am very excited at the prospect of taking over control from Milan. I believe this club has huge potential and I can assure all our supporters that I will be working extremely hard to bring the success that I already sense from my short time in your city our supporters so desperately crave.”
He made funds available to assist the club in bringing in loan signings Lewis Baker and Will Keane and said: “I was very pleased to help Milan with his plans to strengthen the squad and I am hopeful that now everything is agreed we can work together to bring in additions to the team before the end of the transfer window. We haven’t got long but we will all work very hard to strengthen the team for the second half of the season.”
The deal is still subject to ratification by the Football League but Mr Chansiri and his team will be involved in the operation of the club to ensure a smooth handover upon completion.