It’s a question that Stuart Gray must surely be asking himself; what more does he need to do to be offered the Sheffield Wednesday manager’s job?
Of course, Owls chairman Milan Mandaric is his own man and some may say he is playing a canny game in riding the wave of results that Gray and his assistant Lee Bullen have achieved since stepping in when Dave Jones was sacked on December 1.
It’s no secret that Mr Mandaric, the man who saved Wednesday from financial ruin in 2010, is searching for an investor to buy the club from him.
Championship safety, you would think, is a prerequisite to a deal being concluded.
As it stands today the Gray/Bullen partnership is achieving its brief for moving the club clear of the relegation places. A hammering of Leeds United was nice too.
True, Gray is reaping the benefits of deals Jones had in place before his sacking.
Also the likes of Kieran Lee – a Jones signing – is now fit and playing well after missing the early part of the season.
Football is a funny business. It isn’t as simple as saying Jones leaving and Gray moving up the pecking order has led to the Owls’ turnaround in form.
Anyone who was at Hillsborough for the Bournemouth match just before Christmas will vouch for the fact the team can play equally as poorly for Gray as it did for Jones.
However, while a tidal wave of defeats inevitably leads to a manager’s removal – whether right or wrong in the grand scheme of things – the opposite should be equally true.
The experts say football is a results-driven business.
If that is so then Gray must be scratching his head and wondering why his temporary status hasn’t been made more permanent.
Or maybe he isn’t.
Maybe, Gray holds more cards than people think.
The longer the situation lasts and the more Wednesday’s form and results improve the higher Gray’s stock will get.
And in the crazy world of football there’s always someone needing a new manager.