DW Stadium

Next Game

Wigan v Reading

Friday, 18 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Wembley Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 1 - 1 Arsenal

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 17:07

The FA Cup Semi-Final

Gray has Wednesday job chance

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric is willing to give Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray the chance to stake his claim for the permanent job.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 07:40 Post Comment   

Stuart Gray: In caretaker charge at Sheffield Wednesday

Stuart Gray: In caretaker charge at Sheffield Wednesday

Mandaric will use the busy holiday programme to assess Gray's candidacy for the permanent manager's position and will not rush the process of appointing Dave Jones' successor.

Wednesday face Wigan, Bournemouth, Blackburn, Charlton and Blackpool between Wednesday evening and New Year's Day.

Owls chief Mandaric told The Star: "We are looking at everything and watching Stuart very carefully.

"His time is extended. We all have to get behind him and the team and give him full support and some space.

"It will be a good test of Stuart's ability, and I think he is a proper coach.

"It is more important to support him during the holiday period so we are not going to push very hard as far as interviewing goes."

Wednesday will be optimistic about their chances of beating Wigan at Hillsborough following a recent upturn in results, even though they still remain in the relegation zone.

After Wednesday upset high-flying Leicester 2-1, they then went down to a 1-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest.

However, the Owls then downed Watford away from home on Saturday, with on-loan striker Connor Wickham continuing his good form.

New Latics boss Uwe Rosler is wary of the threat posed by the rejuvenated Owls but is confident of his side's chances if they focus on themselves and not on their opponents.

Wigan ended a run of six successive defeats in all competitions with a 3-2 derby triumph over Bolton in Rosler's first home match in charge.

The German was delighted with his team's showing in that match and hopes it will be the catalyst for better times to come.

"It was a derby game and we wanted to stop the rot and wanted to start to turn the momentum into a positive one, and the players dug deep," he said on Latics player.

"It was not an easy win, it was a very hard-fought win and I praised the players a lot and I'm still doing it because that was a massive turning point for us."

The former Brentford boss is now hoping for more of the same against third-bottom Wednesday, although he is not expecting it to be easy.

"Every game is different and they will ask different questions of us from Bolton. I think Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club," said Rosler, whose team moved level on 25 points with 13th-placed Watford with their derby triumph.

"(They have) big, big potential and they had been under-performing, but even when they had poor results that was not always the way they were playing.

"And now it looks like they've broken the deadlock, they are scoring more goals and picking up more wins. For us it will be a very very hard game."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e was right to leave, but not just because of the money City were coming into. If I remember rightly he had a reasonable amount of chances to shine at City, but he never passed the bloody ball. Loads of aimless dribbles and 40 yard shots and not much else. I would say that if he had learnt to be a bit more of a team player he may have done better at City.

bright and edgy
Sturridge: Right to leave City

O

h! And.... has it gone in!?' Well John, it is quite literally your job to tell me, so stop phrasing it as a question.

ajsr1982
Eye On The Experts: John Motson

M

an who resembles bond villain complains about spies ....brillliant

mrjackson
Palace deny spying accusation

Footer 365

West Ham's Matt Jarvis thinks he may need to be more clever after Arsenal penalty incident

West Ham's Matt Jarvis says he may have to be "a bit more clever" after staying on his feet despite Bacary Sagna's foul.

Transfer news: Damien Duff already planning for life after Fulham

Damien Duff has confirmed that he will be leaving Fulham this summer and will be going in search of 'something new'.

Premier League: Harry Kane feels youngsters are crucial to Tottenham's cause

Harry Kane believes he and a number of fellow academy graduates are capable of holding down regular roles at Tottenham.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property