Sheffield Wednesday: Gardner’s rallying call

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Wednesday captain Anthony Gardner is rallying the players and wants fans to stay behind the club

The skipper has spoken in the aftermath of the sacking of Dave Jones and ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Leicester.

He said: “Results have not gone well this season and this is a results-based business. The chairman has made the decision, and as players we have to respect that decision, and now the focus has to be moving forward under a new manager.

“These decisions are always hard, they are never easy, but the chairman has decided it is time for a change and has done so with enough time remaining and enough points to play for.

“As one of the senior pros, I will pass on my experience to the younger lads who have maybe not been in this situation. I have been through this experience as a younger player and I remember looking to the senior pros for guidance and those calm heads.

“I feel I have the additional responsibility as club captain so I will be doing the best I can to make the transition as smooth as possible from the players’ point of view.

“It’s now up to the players, all of us, to go out and perform to the best of our ability.

“All I would ask of our supporters is that they stay with the boys, stay with the club, rally together and move forward as one, starting tomorrow against Leicester.”

Gardner is making good progress in his rehabilitation after he suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury in August.