Sheffield Wednesday: Excited Gray welcomes Owls pressure

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Boss Stuart Gray welcomes the pressure of trying to lead Sheffield Wednesday back into the promised land of the Premier League following Dejphon Chansiri’s takeover of the Championship outfit.

Wealthy Thai businessman Chansiri completed his £37.5m buyout on Monday before quickly setting his sights on a top-flight return by 2017. In two years time, Wednesday celebrate their sesquicentennial birthday.

At his press conference, Chansiri gave his “100 per cent” backing to Gray. Indeed, the duo met up at the club’s Middlewood Road training ground base yesterday.

Gray, who’s side entertain Blackburn Rovers tonight looking to keep their faint play-off hopes alive, told The Star: “Mr Chansiri wants to move Wednesday forward.

“He wants the team to be successful. There is a bit of pressure trying to take the team up by 2017 but we put that pressure on ourselves anyway. We know where we want to be. We want to be in the Premier League.”

On Chansiri’s public backing of his position, he said: “It gives me a lift. It’s rewarding that Mr Chansiri thinks I’m doing a good job and is willing to back me.

“It’s reassuring because whenever there is a takeover, there will always be speculation about jobs.”

Gray said he has yet to sit down and discuss his playing budget for next season but stressed: “Mr Chansiri’s ambition for the club mirrors my own.

“Hopefully now I can get to sit down with him and talk about budgets and maybe allow me to shop in a different market when bringing players into the club.”