Dom Howson and James Marriott discussed all of the latest Sheffield Wednesday news on the most recent edition of Owls-focused podcast Singing The Blues and the journalists spent some time talking about Wednesday owner and chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s hunt for a new permanent manager, following the sacking of Tony Pulis in late December, during the show.
On that topic, Howson revealed that “it sounds as if” Chansiri wants to appoint a manager whose preferred style of play is a contrast to that of Pulis, who is not best known for attacking football.
The journalist said: “It’s a strange one, really, isn’t it? Now, it seems as if we’ve gone from more pragmatic managers to a guy who’s going to succeed Tony Pulis – I think that it sounds as if the chairman wants to bring in someone who’s going to play free-flowing, attacking football to try and get Wednesday out of a relegation dogfight.”
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Perhaps this isn’t a massive surprise, given that Chansiri was critical of Pulis and his style of football during a press conference that the Owls owner held following the 62-year-old’s sacking, in which he also revealed that both he and Pulis came to the conclusion that the Owls’ squad was not well suited to his preferred style of play and would fare better under a different manager, leading to his departure just over a month after he was appointed to the position.
It’s certainly difficult to argue that Chansiri should look to appoint a new manager in the mould of Pulis given that his record was so poor at Hillsborough and so, maybe it would be a wise move for the Thai businessman to go down a different route with his next appointment.
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While Chansiri should, perhaps, receive some praise for admitting his mistake and looking to rectify it rather than stubbornly sticking to the plan despite it obviously not working, it may be fair to call his decision-making inconsistent and if he is looking to appoint a completely different type of manager to Pulis now, he may need to work on his long-term planning, as it would seem that Pulis didn’t really fit into his long-term vision for the club, based on what he said in this recent press conference and what Howson said on this podcast.