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Gray: Deal puts speculation to bed

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has welcomed the news that a Thai businessman has bought the club.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has welcomed the news that a Thai businessman has bought the club. Credit: Press Association

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.

– Stuart Gray

Blunkett: fans owe Milan Mandaric a 'debt of gratitude'

David Blunkett: Lifelong Owls supporter Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

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.”

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Sheffield Wednesday announce Thai takeover

Milan Mandaric and Dejphon Chansiri Credit: Sheffield Wednesday FC

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.”

Sealed with a handshake Credit: Sheffield Wednesday FC

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.”

Owls push for more signings after Baker loan confirmation

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray says he has bids in for two more players after wrapping up a loan deal for Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker.

Gray has moved to sign the 18-year-old - dubbed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as a future England international - on a youth loan.

The attacking midfielder could make his debut against Nottingham Forest this weekend:

Busy transfer morning as five clubs make signings

Mansfield moved to sign full back Callum Elder on a month-long loan from Leicester.

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Reports: Talks over SWFC sale at 'advanced stage'

According to Sky Sports, Sheffield Wednesday owner, Milan Mandaric, is in 'advanced talks' to sell the club.

Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric Credit: Press Association

The Serbian is apparently negotiating a deal worth around £30 million with a Thai based group of investors.

Mandaric took over the club in 2010, buying 99.7 per cent of their shareholding for £1 after agreeing to settle their outstanding debts.

He has been in talks to sell the Owls to Azerbaijan businessman Hafiz Mammadov last summer, but the deal eventually fell apart.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Gray: 'Lack of quality cost us'

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray bemoaned his side's missed chances as they lost 1-0 at home to Wolves.

Stuart Gray Credit: Press Association

"Nobody means to miss deliberately, but for some reason today just wasn't our day. You couldn't fault our effort or commitment, but we just needed that little bit of composure," said Gray.

"Kenny Jackett gets into half-time thinking 'how are we still in the game?', but a lack of quality in front of goal has let us down today."

Gray felt that the Owls dominated the majority of the proceedings, and was unhappy over the defending for Clarke's winner.

"One thing we do know is that a lapse of concentration might cost you, and it did," Gray explained.

"The second half was far too open, but when you are on top like we were, you cannot believe that we haven't got a goal. One lapse of concentration has cost us either one point or three points.

"Coming off back to back wins you couldn't have wished for a better start. We could have been maybe 3-0 up in the first 20 minutes. We dominated with the ball and we dominated with the chances."

Wednesday leave it late to win at Blackburn

Claude Dielna came off the bench in injury time to score the winner as Sheffield Wednesday recorded a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win at Blackburn.

Claude Dielna Credit: Press Association

The Frenchman had only been on the pitch for a minute when he curled in with the last attack of the game as Stuart Gray's side recorded a dramatic victory.

They went ahead early on through Kieran Lee's close range effort, which was soon cancelled out by Alex Baptiste.

Wednesday were resolute throughout and Stevie May forced a low save from Jason Steele but the best chances fell to the hosts, with Jordan Rhodes heading onto the post and Ryan Tunnicliffe forcing a flying save from Keiren Westwood.

But just as it looked like the spoils would be shared, Dielna popped up to give Wednesday a first Ewood Park success since 1999, ending Rovers' nine-match unbeaten run.

Lee came in for the suspended Jose Semedo for the visitors' only change and Wednesday were soon on the front foot as Steele blocked at the feet of Jeremy Helan and May.

But Gray's side were ahead in the third minute. May sprung the offside trap and although his shot was weak, Steele made a mess of gathering it and Lee was on hand to tap home.

Wednesday were quickest to everything but in Blackburn's first decent spell of possession, they equalised when Rhodes nodded down into the path of Baptiste and e wrapped his foot over the ball to fire past Westwood from 10 yards.

It settled Rovers, who looked in control - but they almost conceded again when Shane Duffy missed a routine clearance and May reacted to force a sharp low save from Steele.

There was a lengthy stoppage after Lewis McGugan had to be carried off on a stretcher after suffering a head injury - and Rovers almost caught the visitors out just after the resumption when Craig Conway whipped in a superb cross that Rhodes glanced onto the far post.

But Wednesday missed a glorious chance to retake the lead after 36 minutes when Glenn Loovens headed over a Royston Drenthe free-kick from five yards.

Wednesday were comfortable for the early exchanges of the second half but Rovers turned the screw as the contest wore on and substitute Tunnicliffe's thunderous volley after 72 minutes forced Westwood into a magnificent save to tip over the crossbar.

David Dunn flashed a shot wide late on but just as it looked like the spoils would be shared, substitute Dielna won it in the final minute of injury time with a 25-yard curling effort that flew past Steele via a deflection to record a first away win at the seventh time of asking.

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