Sheffield Wednesday: I don’t fear the sack, says Owls boss Stuart Gray

A calm approach fronm Owls boss Stuart Gray
A calm approach fronm Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has told The Star he does not fear the sack despite the team’s poor run of results.

The Owls lie 13th in the Championship after a nine-match winless run and have failed to score in five out of their last six outings.

An inability to turn their dominance into goals has cost Wednesday dearly at regular intervals this season. They have let slip eight points from winning positions and gone over 400 minutes without a home goal.

Chairman Milan Mandaric has vowed to help Gray bring in reinforcements as they bid to kick-start their stuttering campaign.

Despite their dip in form, Mandaric insists he is “100 per cent” behind Gray, who hopes to recruit at least one new player before they travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

When asked about his job, Gray said: “I’m not worried. I’ve been in the game long enough to know that it’s about winning.

“Football management is not a long lifespan if you are not getting results. That is understandable and I accept that it’s part and parcel of the game.

“I can only focus on what I can control. All I keep asking from the players is 100 per cent.”

Gray is demanding his players be “braver” in possession as they seek a quick upturn in their fortunes.

“It is a bit freaky at the moment,” he said. “We have got one of the best defensive records in the league but we are not scoring goals.

“I know we have had opportunities where we have been 1-0 up and not killed teams off.

“That is where we have suffered and let teams get back into games.”

Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill is on trial with Wednesday. The American player, who has been a first-team regular with the MLS outfit for the last three seasons, trained with Fulham last year.

The 21-year-old said: “This opportunity is too good to pass up. Anytime you get a chance to train with a club like this, it’s massive, and I’m excited to see how much my game has grown since I went last year.”