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Owls hopeful coach Gray will sign a new contract

Stuart Gray, right, with boss Jones

Stuart Gray, right, with boss Jones

Sheffield Wednesday are quietly confident coach Stuart Gray will shortly sign a new contract to extend his stay with the Championship club.

The Star understands discussions are ongoing with Gray’s representatives. The former Northampton chief is expected to sit down and talk things through with Owls chairman Milan Mandaric.

Dave Jones, the Owls boss, brought in Gray, who he has previously worked with at Southampton and Wolves, following their victory at Barnsley last December and regards him as a “valuable member” of his coaching team.

“I hope Stuart will stay,” Jones told The Star. “We are trying to build a team on and off the pitch.

“Once we lost Terry Burton (to Arsenal), we rejigged things around.

“Stuart came in at a good time when things just started to turn for us. He came with a lot of knowledge and know-how. He has got good pedigree.

“He is a good coach and has been a manager before. It has helped Stuart has worked with me before at Southampton and Wolves. He knows how I work and operate as did Terry.”

Boasting a wealth of experience in the sport, Gray linked up with Jones again following a spell at financially troubled Portsmouth last season.

After adding Gray to his backroom staff, Jones side lost just six out of 24 league matches. The 53-year-old certainly helped shore things up defensively.

“Stuart is a valuable member of staff but so too are Wilko (Paul Wilkinson), Neil (Thompson)and Lee (Bullen),” said Jones. “He is part of a good team who work hard and know what they are doing.

“We have got a good coaching set-up all the way through.”

Nippy winger Michail Antonio, meanwhile, has confirmed he is ahead of schedule in his battle to regain full fitness. The 23-year-old’s season ended prematurely in March after he picked up a groin injury in Wednesday’s defeat to eventual champions Cardiff City.

“I’m doing really well with my rehab and the healing process is going quicker than expected,” he said.

“I’ve got work to do over the summer to get me where I need to be but I’m looking forward to joining back up with the lads and to get playing again.” The Star understands discussions are ongoing with Gray’s representatives. The former Northampton chief is expected to sit down and talk things through with Owls chairman Milan Mandaric.

Dave Jones, the Owls boss, brought in Gray, who he has previously worked with at Southampton and Wolves, following their victory at Barnsley last December and regards him as a “valuable member” of his coaching team.

“I hope Stuart will stay,” Jones told The Star. “We are trying to build a team on and off the pitch.

“Once we lost Terry Burton (to Arsenal), we rejigged things around.

“Stuart came in at a good time when things just started to turn for us. He came with a lot of knowledge and know-how. He has got good pedigree.

“He is a good coach and has been a manager before. It has helped Stuart has worked with me before at Southampton and Wolves. He knows how I work and operate as did Terry.”

Boasting a wealth of experience in the sport, Gray linked up with Jones again following a spell at financially troubled Portsmouth last season.

After adding Gray to his backroom staff, Jones side lost just six out of 24 league matches. The 53-year-old certainly helped shore things up defensively.

“Stuart is a valuable member of staff but so too are Wilko (Paul Wilkinson), Neil (Thompson)and Lee (Bullen),” said Jones. “He is part of a good team who work hard and know what they are doing.

“We have got a good coaching set-up all the way through.”

Nippy winger Michail Antonio, meanwhile, has confirmed he is ahead of schedule in his battle to regain full fitness. The 23-year-old’s season ended prematurely in March after he picked up a groin injury in Wednesday’s defeat to eventual champions Cardiff City.

“I’m doing really well with my rehab and the healing process is going quicker than expected,” he said.

“I’ve got work to do over the summer to get me where I need to be but I’m looking forward to joining back up with the lads and to get playing again.”

 

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