Sheffield Wednesday: Gray hopes for long reign

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Stuart Gray’s appointment as Owls manager is likely to be announced officially by the club tomorrow - and he is hoping for a lengthy stay in charge.

The caretaker boss’s full installation in the job is a formality, he indicated today.

He has been having talks with chairman Milan Mandaric over his contract.

But, “very close” to the details being completed, the caretaker boss said: “Hopefully something might be announced before the Rochdale game. I think everybody wants it to be put to bed now.

“Once it’s formally announced, we can put it away and concentrate on moving up the table, strengthening the team and hopefully carrying on the form we’ve been in.”

He is pleased to be staying in charge: “First and foremost it’s a fantastic club - you just have to look at what managers have been here in the past.

“The chairman has had three managers here. Hopefully I’ll be the fourth and in place for a long while.”

Development coach Lee Bullen has been assisting Gray with first-team affairs since the departure of Dave Jones and will “definitely” continue to have a role at the club, said the boss.

“There are good staff here,” he added. “The chairman knows my thoughts on what I want to do. We’ll announce things when the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.”

Gray said that he has thoroughly enjoyed his caretaker role but will be relieved when he signs on the dotted line.