Stuart Gray will be in charge for the Owls’ next two games at least - and is on course to stay at the club even if a new manager is brought in.
Chairman Milan Mandaric has told The Star that he has been impressed by the caretaker boss’s work and he will remain in place for tomorrow’s home match against Blackpool and the FA Cup trip to Macclesfield on Saturday.
“After that time we will possibly make a decision - Stuart has another week at least,” said Mandaric. “I am very impressed with him. He’s definitely part of this club whether he stays as manager or as coach - we’ll sort it out.
“It’s just a matter of whether we want to make a change and add something, or not. Stuart loves the club and wants to stay, I’m quite sure.”
Mandaric dismissed as untrue a claim that the club had found new investors and wanted Blackpool’s Paul Ince as manager: “Anyone can create stories: I don’t like it when people put my name in them and speculate without calling me or doing their homework.”
The takeover saga remains ongoing, with nothing new to report, says the chairman, and with Gray taking care of the team, Mandaric’s current priority is extending the stays of Glenn Loovens, Roger Johnson and Connor Wickham.
Mandaric believes that the absence of Loovens and Wickham owing to injuries was a key factor in the home 2-1 defeat by Bournemouth.
“Loovens and Johnson are quality,” he said. “There is always money involved. We are doing everything we can to try to secure their services. Sunderland paid a lot of money for Wickham, If they sell him to somebody for more than we are willing to pay, he has to go; we are also looking at other options.
“But he wants to stay, Loovens and Johnson want to stay as well. “