Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray’s wary of Wigan Athletic

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Owls boss Stuart Gray is expecting the arrival of Malky Mackay to give Wigan Athletic a big boost ahead of their Championship tussle this weekend.

It was less than a week ago Wigan named Mackay as their new manager, and the Scot guided them to a 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough in his first match in charge on Saturday. The result leaves the Latics second from bottom, having recorded just two wins from their last 14 matches.

Although Gray is acutely aware Wigan could be boosted by the managerial change, he is urging his side to focus on rectifying their results at Hillsborough.

He told The Star: “Wigan have got a new manager so I would imagine that will give them a lift. We know our home form has not been good enough and we have to turn things around.”

Coventry boss Stephen Pressley, meanwhile, has spoken to Wednesday about extending Gary Madine’s loan deal by a further month. The striker, who has notched two goals in four starts for the Sky Blues, is set to return to Wednesday next week.

“The priority is extending Gary’s loan which we think we should do,” said Pressley. “He seems very happy here and Sheffield seem very open to extending his stay here. We’ve spoken to him about it and he very much wants to stay so if we can get an extension on that it will be a real lift for us.

“We’d obviously like to get that sorted this week and that would take us to the New Year, which would be great because I think he’s made a real impact at the club and is getting stronger all the time.”