Sheffield Wednesday: Gray set to be named Owls boss

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Stuart Gray is set to be named as Sheffield Wednesday manager, I believe.

He may be confirmed in the job within the next few days - possibly even before the weekend.

Chairman Milan Mandaric is understood to believe that Gray has proved himself during his two months as caretaker manager. Any anouncement by the club would have to be preceded by agreement on a contract and terms.

Gray may be rewarded with a deal stretching beyond this season.

Mandaric has told The Star in the past that he was in no hurry to named a successor to Dave Jones and was pleased with Gray and the improvement in results and performances.

The chairman’s strategy of allowing Gray time to stake his claim has paid off with a climb from the bottom three, some clean sheets and an unbeaten run of seven games. His record in all is five wins, four draws and only two defeats.

Gray also has the support of the players, with David Prutton the latest to back him publicly.

The experienced midfield player said: “We have performed a lot better recently. Stu has brought everyone together and perhaps the lads that were out in the cold have come back in and given value.

“The players would love Stu to get the job. It is the fickle nature of footballers. If someone is there picking you, you want him to be the manager all the time playing you. As auditions go for jobs, the team are playing well and scoring goals.

“I know the training is very enjoyable and the lads love it. He gets his points across and is very methodical and meticulous.

“If every box is covered for you before the game, it is only left up to you to perform and I think 99 per cent of footballers would take that.”