Sheffield Wednesday: It’s up to Stu

Owls caretaker manager Stuart Gray
Owls caretaker manager Stuart Gray
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Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has called on stand-in boss Stuart Gray to make the vacant Owls job his own.

First-team coach Gray is set to remain in charge of the struggling Championship outfit for their trip to Watford this weekend.

It will be Gray’s third match at the helm following the departure of Dave Jones last week. Since succeeding Jones, Gray, assisted by former

Wednesday captain Lee Bullen, has overseen one victory and one defeat.

Mandaric has told The Star he is not “aggressively” pursuing a new manager and has vowed to give Gray an opportunity to stake his claim.

He said: “Stuart has shown signs of turning things around.

“I think he deserves a chance before we start to be more aggressive to bring people in.

“We have not stopped completely [looking for a manager], but we are not pushing for anyone. I am trying to allow time to see what Stuart can do. If we need to go for a new manager, that will happen soon as well.

“But in the meantime, for the next game or two games or so, I would like to give Stuart a chance. It is up to him and how he galvanises the team.

“Of course, I am not keeping my head in the sand and ignoring the situation where we are, but right

now I think that’s the way we need to go.”

Mandaric says the club are still receiving job applications on a daily basis.

But he stressed: “It is so important to get the right person in charge. We are a big club with big expectations. I think Stuart [Gray] is a good man but if we need a more experienced manager or somebody different to him then we will assess that.”

Mandaric has also praised Gray and Bullen’s professionalism. Wednesday’s two performances against Leicester and Forest have reignited his belief that they can get out of trouble, although the Owls are in 23rd position, four points shy of safety.

He said: “We are very lucky that we have people like Stuart and Lee in the organisation.”