Poll: Best owners in the Championship in 2016?

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

There's alot of positives to be taken from the Championship, and one of the big ones is the amount of quality owners that currently reside in the league.

To be a great owner of a football club you likely need to possess three attributes - passion, knowledge and money. It seems as if it should not be all too hard of a concept, but many still tend to mess it up in grand fashion. Thankfully there are a few good ones hidden among all of the rubble, and we here at HITC Sport want to identify the best of them all. Without further ado, here are the candidates.

Sheffield Wednesday (Dejphon Chansiri)

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri before the gameSheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri before the game

In terms of sheer money alone, Chansiri has plenty of other owners beat. But the thing that separates him from alot of his competition is his obvious passion for the game. Whether it was how he dealt with Forestieri refusing to play or his general hands on approach with the club, Chansiri is a big part of the success Wednesday have been experiencing over the last few years. Long may it continue for you, Owls fans.

Wigan (David Sharpe)

Wigan Athletic's Nick Powell celebrates scoring their second goal with teammatesWigan Athletic's Nick Powell celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

David Sharpe is a man of the people. The insanely young owner of Wigan Athletic has been nurtured for this role by Dave Whelan, and given their recent promotion it seems as if things are going pretty well. Sharpe is constantly active on social media with supporters of the club in addition to providing new and fresh ideas to help improve the Latics. They may not be the biggest, but Wigan certainly have a good backbone.

Huddersfield Town (Dean Hoyle)

John Smith's StadiumJohn Smith's Stadium

Dean Hoyle is a man who worked for everything he has. Having left school due to his obsession with football, the businessman built himself up into a thoroughly successful individual who is always striving to be better. Hoyle is still relatively fresh on the scene but the success both on and off the pitch has been obvious, with Huddersfield being one of the fastest growing sides in the entirety of English football.

Brighton (Tony Bloom)

General view of The Amex Community Stadium  before the gameGeneral view of The Amex Community Stadium before the game

The world of football can be a funny place sometimes, as exampled by the fact that a former poker player is now in charge of operations at Brighton & Hove Albion. Tony Bloom bleeds success and it's clear that he wouldn't be in the job if he did not truly love the club. Bloom has constantly called on fans for their continued support and if you couple that with his work behind the scenes, the future is ever so bright for the Seagulls.

Aston Villa (Tony Xia)

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia in the standsAston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia in the stands

Oh Tony. The man who became famous for his random Twitter declarations is slowly turning into an efficient football owner that all the fans can love. After a rocky start Xia's resilience was tested when results were not going the club's way, but he make a bold decision by sacking Di Matteo and bringing in Steve Bruce. The decision has clearly paid off, and the good times are slowly returning to Villa Park with Xia being a big part of that.


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