Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Maguire blasts Owls

Owls old boy Chris Maguire
Owls old boy Chris Maguire
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Departed Sheffield Wednesday star Chris Maguire says the sacking of head coach Stuart Gray and the club’s new management structure were the major reasons behind his decision to quit the Owls.

Maguire, who rejected a new deal at Hillsborough, is now a Rotherham United player, and he hit out at Wednesday’s handling of Gray after helping his new side to a 2-1 win over German side FSV Mainz 05.

"I thought the manager, Stuart Gray, had done a fantastic job with what he had available to him,” he said. "I think - not just myself, but every one of the other boys in that team - were gutted when they heard the news and thought he deserved a chance.

“The takeover happened and then certain things happened because of the takeover. They started bringing in staff to basically dictate what players they wanted to bring in.

"From a player’s point of you, that’s not something you look at and think ‘that’s positive’. At the end of the day, it should be the manager deciding who he wants to keep.

"Then a couple of weeks later the manager was sacked, and that was another reason why I decided not to stay because I’m not going to sign for a team that’s not got a manager. You don’t know who’s going to come in. Things might change.

"If you sign and a new manager comes in, he might look at it and think you’re not one of the players he wanted to keep.”

Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri bought the club from Milan Mandaric, and that’s when the doubts grew for Scottish international Maguire.

"When the takeover happened, there were lots of things happening in the background,” the 26-year-old forward said.

"They were bringing somebody else in and then somebody else was coming in and the next week they’ve left and somebody else was coming in.

“The owner’s come in. He’s spending his money so it’s up to him what he does at the end of the day. To me, that’s history now and whatever happens with them happens."

Maguire described Wednesday as “a great club”, but was upset by their offer to him as his contract was about to expire.

"It didn’t end on the sweetest of notes. They offered me a new deal and I decided to go against it,” he said.

"The terms just weren’t the best of offers so I decided to go elsewhere."

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