SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Old pal aids Dave Jones task

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DAVE Jones has gone down a tried and trusted route by adding Stuart Gray to his coaching staff.

Jones brought in Terry Burton to aid the Owls cause last season after working with him for six years at Cardiff.

Now Gray is another experienced friend, whose previous jobs include being Jones’s first-team coach at Southampton and assistant at Wolves.

There is no suggestion that Paul Wilkinson or Neil Thompson will be leaving Hillsborough; they, along with goalkeeping expert Andy Rhodes, have continued with the coaching responsibities since Burton left for Arsenal in the summer, and Wilkinson took over the tag of assistant manager.

Gray, aged 52, is described as a “key addition” to the staff but does not appear to have been given a title.

Jones has explained that the newcomer is more experienced than the existing coaches: “He’ll become part of the coaching team and everybody at the club will benefit from his experience and knowledge.

“I have worked with Stuart before for around seven years and that played a big part in my decision to bring him to the club. It underlines my philosophy of never standing still and always looking to build.”

When Jones was asked recently whether Burton’s exit may have impacted on results, he poured cold water on the suggestion.

He said at the time: “Had I won things before Terry? Yes. I only worked with him for six years. He decided he wanted to leave, and that’s happened to me before with coaches, But you have to give other people the opportunity to stake their claim; it might not be anything to do with that; it might be the people who are playing.”

Jones will look to Gray to assist guidance for the players as the club bid to climb out of trouble.