Sheffield Wednesday: Owls set to have a ‘big say’ in promotion race

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

They might not be involved in the race for promotion, but Sheffield Wednesday can still effect who gains promotion to the top flight.

That is the view of Owls head coach Stuart Gray as they look to end the 2014/15 season with a flourish.

Mid-table Wednesday face four of the top-seven sides in their last seven fixtures and Gray, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s encounter with Huddersfield Town, said: “We can have a big say on who is going to be up there and who is going to finish in the play-offs.

“I want to finish as high and with as many points as possible.”

Gray, who has confirmed skipper Glenn Loovens (ankle) is a “million miles” away from returning, has welcomed the welcomed the prospect of working alongside a director of football in the future. It is no secret owner Dejphon Chansiri plans to install someone to oversee the club’s football operations on the recommendation of former chairman Milan Mandaric. They have been linked with ex-Liverpool and Tottenham chief Damien Comolli this week.

Gray said he would be happy to work under a director of football, insisting: “The game is changing. It’s not only a director of football, it’s the knowledge of overseas (footballers) as well. Unfortunately the British prices are inflated when you try and sign players, so maybe we have to try and look further afield for those uncut diamonds.

“Director of football oversees all football matters, even probably down to the playing surfaces, the academy as well, that’s what I see as the role.

“It might take some of the workload off me. At the end of the day, if we bring somebody in that’s going to help get Sheffield Wednesday to the Premier League, I’m all for that.”

Chansiri is currently away on business but Gray has stated his desire to sit down with the Thai businessman and discuss his future plans.

“I had a meeting with him when he was here last time, but the problem is he’s a busy man,” said Gray. “Hopefully he’ll be coming over soon.”

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