Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has admitted it was a ‘mistake’ hiring Tony Pulis in an explosive press conference addressing his sacking of the Owls boss.
Pulis was axed as Owls boss just 45 days after replacing Garry Monk winning just one of his ten games in charge.
Wednesday started the season on -12 points for breaching the Championship’s spending rules but that was later reduced to just six points.
Chansiri held a two-hour long press conference where he laid into the now departed manager.
“I need to bring in the right one,” he said. “I thought Pulis was the right one 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 it is the right one. We are still working. I will try to make a decision as soon as possible.
“My people need to help me make a shortlist and then we’ll look at it. Then we’ll start to interview.
“This time we need to think more and more. I don’t want any surprises again.”
Chansiri added: “He is the worst one in my club and tried to cause a lot of trouble.
“He was saying if I did not make a decision on his future, he would call in sick.
“He could damage my club. I made the decision not to help him any more.
“I told my people we need to be more attacking. He’s going to play 4-5-1 and I don’t see we’re going to have a chance to win. Maybe we can get some draws but we cannot do that so I made the decision to go to (Neil) Thompson (as caretaker manager).”
Chansiri had the chance to appoint Pulis a year earlier but decided against it.
He said: “I was not convinced about his style of play so it was not the right choice.
“This time I thought he had experience and we needed someone strong and we needed to stay up and then try to get into the play-offs if we could, but the priority was to stay up so I had an interview with him and he convinced me he could do that with the squad we had.
“I told him I don’t like the old English style but he told me he wouldn’t play like that, his tactics would depend on the opponents.
“That’s why I brought him here and I told him I am always straight-forward and my managers must always be straight-forward.”
Chansiri, whose family owns Thai Union Frozen Group, is searching for his sixth manager in as many years following his takeover in 2015.
Former Owls boss Brian Laws believes there was a personality clash between the pair that would have led to a breakdown in their relationship.
“Knowing Tony like I do, he’s a straight talker and he hits you between the eyes,” Laws told the PA news agency.
“He’ll tell you the truth and if you don’t like it, that’s tough. Maybe it was too much medicine for Chansiri to take.
“But I always had in the back of my mind that Tony Pulis, he’s very strong willed, strong minded, as much as Chansiri is, so it was always going to go two ways for me.
“It was either going to be a match made in heaven or it was going to end in blood and tears and we’ve got the latter.”