Sheffield Wednesday: Gray in control of recruitment as Owls restructure

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric wants to bring in a director of football to support head coach Stuart Gray.
Owls chairman Milan Mandaric wants to bring in a director of football to support head coach Stuart Gray.
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Stuart Gray insists he will make the final decision over signings in the transfer market.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric indicated after Saturday’s win over Rochdale that he wants to bring a director of football to Hillsborough. But Gray, now the Owls new head coach, has told The Star: “On recruitment, I will have the final say on what players I want to bring into the team.

“If I identify the areas that I feel we need to strengthen, I will recommend a player and maybe the director of football can get the wheels in motion regarding getting that player through the building.

“The director of football] will be dealing with agents and contracts. That will be down to him.”

Gray said he will have no input on who Mandaric appoints as director of football and that he learned of the businessman’s desire to create the new position last Thursday. Having been given a two-and-a-half -year deal on Saturday night, Gray will continue to oversee first-team matters.

When asked why he has been named head coach and not manager, he said: “It is 2014 and it seems to be the in thing. It is just a title.

“I am the manager of the team. I get the team organsied, tactically ready and am involved player recruitment

“My focus is on winning games and keeping us in the Championship.”

Gray is looking to add another coach to his backroom staff but says Lee Bullen will continue to oversee the development squad and assist the first team.