Sheffield Wednesday: Owls eye longer stay for Gray

Coach Stuart Gray, right, with manager Dave Jones
Coach Stuart Gray, right, with manager Dave Jones
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WEDNESDAY could try to extend the stay of influential coach Stuart Gray.

He has played an important part in the club’s revival since arriving in December on an arrangement that was firm only for the rest of the season.

Manager Dave Jones told the fans’ forum at Hillsborough last night that Gray was happy now and if he was still enjoying life at the club by the end of the campaign then no doubt there would be talks about a longer stay.

Gray’s appointment was announced after the 1-0 win against Barnsley - a match that began the run of only one defeat in 12 games.

But his arrival was lined up before that; he watched the game at Oakwell and judged that the team needed to tighten up as a first step.

Jones pointed out last night, before a capacity audience of 300 in Hillsborough’s 1867 Lounge, that the club’s progress had been a team effort by the players and all the coaching staff.

The Owls boss also said: “Stuart is happy in what he is doing. He’s a very good coach. You don’t just build a team on the field; it’s important to build one off it.

“He came probably at the right time. He brought experience and a different approach. I’m sure if he still enjoys it, at the end of the season we’ll be sitting down and speaking to him. He’s helped us along.”

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “Our manager will have support to keep Stuart. He is a tremendous addition.”

Jones and Mandaric answered questions on various topics in a friendly atmosphere.