'He was going to damage my club': Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri's launches extraordinary outburst against former Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis

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Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has hit out at former manager Tony Pulis in an extraordinary outburst about the Welshman’s sacking.

Pulis was dismissed by the Owls after just 45 days in charge and one day before Tuesday's meeting with his former club Middlesbrough.

Chansiri held a press conference on Thursday morning which was attended by our sister title the Sheffield Star.

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Wednesday appointed Pulis in November to try and avoid relegation from the Championship, a decision Chansiri explained: “I felt his experience was important. We needed someone strong and to stay up and then get into the play-offs. The priority was to stay up first.

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.
Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.

“He convinced me he could do that with this squad. We spoke to him one-by-one with every player we had.

“So he convinced me he could help and that our squad was good enough to stay in the league. I understand we need new players for the play-offs because at the moment we cannot score or anything else.

“I said I didn’t like his style, he said he would change his tactics or formation depending on the opposition. Counter-attack or that style is not good for our squad. He said no issue.”

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Chansiri went on to claim Pulis refused to talk to him, was unprofessional and was ruining the club.

“I tried to text him all the time. I asked him to report to me all the time, at least once a week,” Chansiri added.

“I want to say, I wasn’t the one who wanted to talk to him. He wouldn’t talk to me.

“He told me we would be better suited to a manager with another style of football. He said that. He was honest in saying another manager could take up the reins with that squad.

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“That made me surprised. He said our players don’t buy into his mentality. Our players are not a counter attack style, our players couldn’t get used to him.”

The Wednesday owner added: “He had a short training. Everyone was surprised at how unprofessional he was in the end. After 30 years. He is the worst one I’ve had and tried to cause trouble in the club.

“It made me think he could not handle or manage the team. He said if no decision today I will not manage tomorrow.

“The way he was thinking was going to damage my club. If he tried to make me let him go or not I don’t know.

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“He is good friends with the Middlesbrough owner. That made me scared. I need my people to give 100 per cent. My people told me to give it a few games to find a new manager. I didn’t feel comfortable.

“He said he would call in sick. Unprofessional. I said I didn’t want to help him by doing mutual consent, so I sacked him.

“My people say no counter attack, that we need two strikers. To play more attacking. And then we won.

“My people told me on social that we took his plan. We did not, we played more attacking.

“That’s why I sacked him.”

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