Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has welcomed the news that a Thai businessman has bought the club.
I have been taking questions on the takeover from the media on a weekly basis for some time so it’s nice that the agreement is in place. It means I can concentrate all my efforts on the football. It’s a really positive movement and we can all look forward to the future. I will look forward to sitting down with the new owners and talking about budgets and the football operation now we can put the speculation to bed.
Lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter David Blunkett says fans owe Milan Mandarica a 'debt of gratitude. Commenting on today's takeover announcement, the former president of the fans’ group Wednesdayite, and MP for Sheffield Brightside &Hillsborough, said:
“I believe we owe Milan Mandarica a debt of gratitude for saving the club from administration, for introducing strong management and financial controls and above all for caring about the fan base, the club and our city.
“I feel sure that he will have impressed on the new owners the nature of the dedicated Wednesday fans, their unwavering commitment and their fortitude.
“I look forward very much to seeing the new leadership of the club invest not merely financially but in time and dedication to our wonderful club and to the essential part that Sheffield Wednesday plays in the life of the city.”
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club has announced that Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri has acquired 100% of the shareholding in the football club.
Mr Chansiri's 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. He said:
“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 added: “My son Att, who was a mascot at the recent Blackpool game, is passionate about football and I know will be my inspiration in this project. I have made the same promise to him as I do our supporters, he will not let me forget this until we are back in the Premier League.”
Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “From the first time I met Dejphon I felt he was the right person for this fantastic club, his business expertise and passion made him stand out from the other interested parties that I have spoken to since I announced that Mr Mammadov could no longer fulfil his obligation to purchase the club.”
A stunning Che Adams-inspired Sheffield United comeback was not enough as Christian Eriksen's 88th minute goal saw Tottenham win 3-2 on aggregate in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final.
Nigel Clough's cup specialists had rescued a seemingly impossible position in the tie as substitute Adams scored twice within five minutes of coming on at Bramall Lane to level the aggregate score at 2-2.
But Eriksen, who had opened the scoring on a night of snow and hail with a brilliant free-kick, had the final say just as the Blades began to entertain hopes of another remarkable cup win.
League One United had gone into the game having beaten five Premier League teams over the previous year and they sensed another scalp despite trailing 1-0 from the first leg.
Adams, 18, gave them hope just when it seemed Spurs had it won, but the Premier League class eventually told.
Spurs had the first opening when Erik Lamela fired wildly over but it was the
Blades who had the first serious chance when visiting goalkeeper Michel Vorm fumbled a cross under pressure.
Jamie Murphy was quick to pounce but former Blade Kyle Walker got back to block on the line.
The game had a nice tempo to it and both sides looked to attack, although quality was initially lacking.
Jamie Murphy fired a cross into the Spurs area but Marc McNulty could not get near while Harry Kane shot straight at Mark Howard at the other end.
Ryan Mason also shot at Howard before Kane found the side-netting with another attempt.
Spurs claimed a seemingly decisive edge in the tie just before the half-hour after Benjamin Stambouli was brought down on the right.
There was little doubt Eriksen would go for goal from the set-piece and he did not disappoint, curling a delicate shot over the wall and in off the far post.
Spurs immediately pushed for a second and Kane, who might have had an early hat-trick on another night, saw a low shot beaten away by Howard after a good run into the area.
But United were far from being run ragged and McNulty created an opportunity for himself as he flicked up and volleyed from 20 yards but Vorm was not tested.
Spurs looked like taking a firm grip early in the second half as Lamela and Kane caused further problems for the home defence, and there was a let-off when the latter slipped as he threatened to shoot.
Kane extended Howard again with another long-range shot and Eriksen, to a feeling of anti-climax in the away end, hit a free-kick into the wall. Mason was then denied a shooting chance by a fine Jose Baxter tackle.
But just as it seemed the tie was drifting away from the Blades, Clough turned it on its head by sending on Adams for Jamal Campbell-Ryce after after 74 minutes.
Within three minutes he had levelled the score on the night as he appeared in the box at the right moment to turn in a low cross from Ryan Flynn.
Two minutes later the teenager was at it again. This time Murphy got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Adams to strike a shot that took a deflection off Eric Dier and flew in.
The stadium was rocking at this point and the hosts sensed a famous victory.
Their hopes almost came through six minutes from time as another substitute, Louis Reed, bust through - only to fire narrowly over from the edge of the box.
The possibility of extra time began to loom but Eriksen came to the fore again to rescue the London side.
Kane picked him out with a superb pass and the Dane showed great footwork and composure to finish with a low shot and send Spurs to a Wembley date with Chelsea on March 1.
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