Sheffield Wednesday: Gray plays waiting game

Stuart Gray, right, with coach Lee Bullen
Stuart Gray, right, with coach Lee Bullen
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Red tape has held up the official announcement of Stuart Gray’s appointment as Wednesday manager.

There is no hitch and the job is still his but the legal formalities surrounding the agreement of a contract between the two parties were not sealed in time for the Owls to issue a statement yesterday.

Gray himself knew that the “dotting of the i’s and crossing of the t’s” would have be completed before his installation in the post became official.

It is understood that while Wednesday wanted the details to be wrapped as soon as possible, and hoped to be able to make an announcement yesterday, chairman Milan Mandaric appreciated that it may take until Monday.

Gray will be unperturbed as he leads the team into today’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Rochdale.

He has said: “I’ve taken 11 games; hopefully I won’t have to wait for the 12th before it’s announced, but if I do I’m going to have to accept it and get on with it.

“I’ve been doing the job for those 11 games so a title is not important. It just takes all the speculation away when it’s finally settled.”

Rochdale manager Keith Hill has praised Gray for doing “exceptionally well” as caretaker manager, and says his Dale team will have to be at their best to beat a “very good” Owls side.

Wednesday right back Liam Palmer credits Gray with helping to get the best out of him: “He’s shown the belief in me that I can do a job at right back.

“Him picking me week in week out is enough to give me the confidence to repay him and want to do well.”