Sheffield Wednesday: Roeder pledges his support to Owls boss

Glenn Roeder
Glenn Roeder

Glenn Roeder has shrugged off claims his arrival will undermine the position of Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray.

The 59-year-old will work alongside Gray as part of a new management team at Hillsborough after a couple of years scouting for Aston Villa under Gérard Houllier and Alex McLeish.

Given Roeder has previously managed Watford, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Norwich City, a few eyebrows were raised over his appointment.

But Roeder insists his job is to take some of the weight off Gray’s shoulders.

“It shouldn’t add extra pressure,” he said. “Stuart [Gray] understands that in the modern game of football that there needs to be a sporting director, committee or whatever it might be.

“I know Stuart quite well. He’s a good coach. I look forward to working with him.”

As owner Dejphon Chansiri stressed yesterday, Gray will remain in charge of team selection.

“Stuart will coach the team,” said Roeder. “The committee will help him concentrate 100 per cent, as I’m sure he does already, on the coaching, tactics and fitness side.

“We will be out in the field looking for new talent and reporting back to him. Having met Stuart, I see no reason why we can’t dovetail really well together and bring our strengths to the fore.”

Chansiri has hinted the committee will potentially expand in the future.

He said: “We are working together as a team. The committee’s priority is to recruit the players for the first-team to get promoted.”

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