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Chansiri Opens Up On Pulis Dismissal

Wednesday chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, has this morning opened up on the sacking of Tony Pulis earlier this month which brought an end to the tenure of the experienced manager after just 45 days at the helm.

Chansiri admitted he had spoken to Pulis a year ago about taking the job but said he had misgivings about his style of play and that's why he didn't employ him but thought he needed a strong person to galvanise the squad following the departure of Garry Monk. Well, it seems he got strength of a different kind....

'I interviewed him over a year ago but I was still not convinced at that time about his style of play.' Chansiri said.

'But this time when I interviewed him, I felt he had experience and we needed someone strong. At the beginning we need to stay up and try and get in the play-offs if we can. But the priority was to stay up. He convinced me he could do that with this squad. We talked with him one by one about every player that we have. He studied our players and squad.

He convinced me that he could help and that our squad was good enough to keep us in the league.'


However, that impression of the 62 year old manager soon changed as Chansiri said he didn't like what he saw in terms of his relationships with the players after just a handful of games and he thought that Pulis was good at manipulating the press to raise his own profile and it was soon clear to the Wednesday owner that he didn't want the relationship to go any further.

'I felt at this moment he was a good fit to help us and that's why I brought him in. We played four, five, six games and I started to think whether he was the right one for us because of the way he plays and the way he treats our players.' the Chairman said.

He continued: 'He was always good with the press and praise the fans. He knows how to make the press like him, which is good for him, but of course he can't damage the club.

I talked to my team and they said give him more chance and maybe he would do better.

I said 'okay, I will give more of a chance' but of course I still need to make a decision whether he is the right man by the end of the month. If he is not the right man, he should not recruit any players.'


Chansiri also said that Pulis had praised the squad of players currently at the club during the interview process before being offered the job, but after a matter of weeks that opinion changed.

'He text me and said he had been here for three weeks and would give me a summary of the club. He said 'we are a big club with big potential but the results don't lie over the past 12 months, the club's record has been poor and doesn't have identity and the whole structure is unbalanced.' It made my very surprised because we talked about the players at the interview.

When the players were not winning, he was saying something different and that the squad was unbalanced but they could still improve by bringing in the right players.

'He said the squad didn't buy into his methods. That surprised me.'


The final straw according to the Chairman was when Pulis didn't contact him following the 1-0 win over Coventry City as promised, and the next thing he heard was from Pulis' lawyers about agreeing a deal for mutual consent to his departure!!!

'He wanted to talk to me and we arranged to talk after the Coventry game. I waited for his call even though it was late in Thailand but nothing came back. I didn't refuse to meet him.

'After that, we had a phone call to talk a few days ago. I asked him what he wanted.

'I was happy to talk. I asked him how I could help. I said it would be better to keep a good relationship. His lawyer sent me something that made him look good and me bad.

'We spoke about mutual consent, make it easy. He never think about his staff, only about himself. I told him he needed to solve for his people as well.
Monday morning my lawyer had to go to the hospital, so my people told him we would talk after Tuesday’s game. In the morning he told my people that because my lawyer was busy and to come back about mutual consent on Tuesday.

'He got mad. He said it had to be now.'

He continued: 'He didn't make me feel comfortable. I made a decision to sack him because I feel that my people can do better. We need to play attacking football. We need to play two strikers, not 5-4-1.'


So what next for Wednesday then? Who will his replacement be and when will we expect an announcement?

'As soon as possible. It is not easy. I need to bring the right one. I thought Pulis was the right one to help us but I was totally wrong. I can't make a mistake this time. After I sacked Pulis, many offers came in but I can only choose one. I need to make sure who is the right one. We are still working. I will try to make a decision as soon as possible.'

There was much more from the Chairman during the call, which has been discussed already on the forum - HERE

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