Mandaric praises new Sheffield Wednesday owner Chansiri

Sheffield Wednesday's new owner has been praised by the man who sold up.

Former Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric has praised the man he handed the keys to the club to earlier this month.

Speaking to the BBC, Mandaric explained he sought long and hard to find a buyer like Dejphon Chansiri, who he believes has the sporting motivation as well as the financial backing to see the club succeed.

Mandaric believes the task needed to push the club over the top to get into the Premier League cannot be achieved without serious money.

He said: "You need a forklift to get out (of the division). That's the reason I pushed myself to find a proper buyer who comes with the enthusiasm and fresh money to invest in additional infrastructure.

"He's got a strong platform at Sheffield Wednesday. We're not going to go up this season, but we're not going down, and we've got a healthy team on and off the field.

"So you have to find a very wealthy person but they have to have the passion for the club, too. One without the other doesn't go well."

Chansiri was introduced at a press conference earlier this month, attended by Mandaric, with the Thai businessman announcing, reporting by The BBC, his determination to get the team promoted into the top flight, and willingness to back current boss Stuart Gray to do so.

The task for Wednesday to get promoted is too tall at this late stage, 12 points off the play-offs, but the Owls have had a solid season and sit in 11th place. It is exactly the sort of platform needed before a big push next season with real investment over the summer, but with that will come big expectation.

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