Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss paves way for fresh start

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The key meetings that will start to shape Sheffield Wednesday’s immediate future have been underway over the weekend.

Over the next 24 hours, and certainly by the following day, the club are likely to announce who will be leaving as Head Coach Stuart Gray moves forward with his plans for next season.

Gray has been involved in talks and in meetings with players over the weekend.

There are a number of players out of contract - “a good number” was Gray’s phrase - and the Owls boss says there are key decisions to be made.

“It’s not the most pleasant task, as any manager will tell you, but it’s part of the job and you accept it and get on with it,” said Gray on the requirement to tell those players who the club doesn’t intend keeping.

Gray, wanting to free up places for the type of players he wants for his first full campaign in charge after rescuing the club from the threat of relegation, said the players will be first to know and expects the club to announce decisions shortly.

It is expected that experienced campaigners such as Jermaine Johnson, 34 next month, and Miguel Llera, 35 in August, will be among those on their way out.