Stuart Gray sympathises with Chris Powell, the manager whose Charlton team knocked Wednesday out of the FA Cup.
Powell was sacked by the Addicks yesterday on the day after they lost to United in the quarter-finals.
“It never surprises me what goes on in this game,” said the Owls boss.
“We played at Charlton when the pitch was in a terrible state. They’ve had games called off so they’ve got games in hand.
“They got to a quarter-final and generated a lot on income for the club.
“I suppose the most important thing is staying in the Championship. The owners have made the decision. It just baffles me if they thought Chris was the right man before the Sheffield United game, why lose his job?
“I’m disappointed for him; he’s a good man, a football man.”. Gray comes up against a former colleague tonight in Wigan boss Uwe Rosler, who played under him at Southampton.
The Owls chief went to watch the Latics’ FA Cup victory over Manchester City and says it was built on hard graft.
He also said: “Wigan have players with pace who can hit you on the break, and they’ve got good players, as they showed here (in the 3-0 Hillsborough win in the league). They’ve kept the nucleus of the suqad that was in the Premier League.
“All credit to them. It was a fantastic performance (against City). They’ll be going into the game full of confidence. They’ve got a Wembley appearance. They’re flying high in the league. They went to Forest and won 4-1.
“They’re unbeaten in nine games. I looked at their bench on Sunday and that’s full of quality as well.
“Against them we had a couple of opportunities to take the lead and suddenly we were two goals down.
“They played Doncaster in their next game and got beaten. It just shows that in this league if you’re not at it. you’ll fall flat on your face.”
Gray thinks that the Latics could well end up in the play-offs but he is looking for the Owls to raise their game tonight.
“I‘m pleased we’ve got another game so quickly after last Saturday and I’m pleased it’s against a good side.