Sheffield Wednesday: Owls plan to go global in the search for new additions

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Head coach Stuart Gray says he understands why Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri intends to appoint a director of football.

But the Owls chief insists he has yet to hold discussions with Thai businessman Chansiri, who bought the Championship club for £37.5m at the beginning of the month, regarding the managerial restructure.

Gray, who has shelved plans to sit down and speak to his plethora of out-of-contract players until Wednesday are mathematically safe from relegation, said: “The game has become very global.

“At the moment, I think far too many managers are complaining about the values of trying to sign players from English clubs, which are astronomical. Teams are now looking further afield trying to find that cheaper option.”

Wednesday head to neighbours Rotherham United tomorrow on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek.

Gray’s men had 20 goal attempts at Molineux but only registered three shots on target, prompting the Owls boss to describe their finishing as “unacceptable” yesterday. He has challenged strikers Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May to be more clinical.

“They can’t feel sorry for themselves,” stressed Gray. “They’ve just got to keep putting in the hours on the training ground.”

Gray said the final scoreline at Wolves hurt Wednesday’s pride and is demanding a much-improved showing against the Millers, who are battling to preserve their Championship status.

“I will get a response versus Rotherham because it’s a local derby,” he said. “There are bragging rights up for grabs. We know Rotherham won’t make it easy for us. We are going to have to roll our sleeves up and battle and earn the right to play.

“We’ve got a big Yorkshire derby on Saturday and we need to show a bit more fight and a commitment in certain areas of the pitch than we did at Wolves. We have to win eight or nine of our individual battles.”