Sheffield Wednesday: Takeover talk ‘excites’ Owls chief

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Owls head coach Stuart Gray says he is “excited” at the prospect of spending money on permanent transfers rather than relying on the loan market should the club be purchased by Thai investors.

Discussions remain on-going between Wednesday’s hierarchy and a Thai group believed to be interested in a reported £30m buyout of the Championship club.

Gray is praying a swift agreement will be reached between the two parties as he is eager to increase competition for places at Hillsborough to improve their chances of mounting a sustained promotion push. He said: “The chairman, or Paul Aldridge, will inform me that discussions are going on. I am sure they will make an announcement when it’s going to happen.

“The most important thing is, hopefully, it will go through. But the chairman is not worried if it does, or doesn’t. It seems to be the longest saga in the world, since the start of last pre-season. But it’s not effecting the team, whatsoever, because we are playing well and on a good run.

“I am like any manager, any figures that are bandied about - saying the club’s is worth this or this - you think someone coming in with that sort of money has a fair bit of clout.”

As things stand, anymore new arrivals who the Owls bring in before the transfer window closes on February 2 are likely to be temporary recruits.

Gray, who was thwarted in his attempts to bring in a new face on Wednesday, said: “I am like any manager, I am thinking well I have got money to spend on transfer fees.

“When it happens, I will have the opportunity to sit down with these people.

“I get excited because suddenly I think maybe I am not just dealing with loan markets, we might be dealing with transfer fees as well.

“But when it (takeover) happens, it happens, I am quite laid back about it. It doesn’t bother me, I just concentrate on getting the players ready for the next game.”

He said “nobody” has contacted the club regarding Keiren Westwood and Tom Lees.

“Not one bit of interest, and the chairman has come out and said we are not a “selling club”, which is pleasing,” he said. “Nobody has contacted me.”