Sheffield Wednesday: Takeover talks will ‘not’ affect Owls

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, is adamant any uncertainty regarding a possible takeover will not be allowed to affect the Championship club’s play-off push.

Talks remain ongoing between the Owls, who have been looking for new investors for some time, and a Thai group interested in purchasing the club for around £30m.

Wednesday, lying in 10th position, six points shy of the top six, head to Nottingham Forest tomorrow seeking a third straight league win and Gray is confident the takeover talk will not distract his squad.

He told The Star: “All players want to do is train and play. We are not in control of what will happen off the pitch.

“It’s the people upstairs who are in control of those things. It won’t affect the players at all.”

It’s business as usual for Gray, who is looking to bring in further reinforcements after capturing midfielder Lewis Baker on a youth loan from Chelsea yesterday.

He stressed: “I can’t help speculation. It (the takeover) has been going on for 12 months. All I can focus on is strengthening the team and getting them ready for the Forest game.

“I’m sure when the chairman and Paul Aldridge have got something to say that an announcement will be made.

“If it happens, it happens. I won’t get over excited or disappointed if it doesn’t.

“I have just got to get on with my job and not worry about that.”

Gray wants to bring in another “two or three” new faces to boost their top-six aspirations. He is still hoping to persuade Watford to allow Lewis McGugan to rejoin them on a temporary basis.

However, the Owls chief is delighted to have added Baker to his squad, claiming the club beat off Premier League competition for his services.

“There was so much competition because he’s a quality player,” stressed Gray, who has confirmed Guyon Fernandez, a Dutch striker, is on trial with the club. “We are grateful to Chelsea for allowing him to come out. This is the next stage of Lewis’s career.

“He has been in and around their first-team so that shows how much they value him. He’s a good addition.”

Keiren Westwood (calf) is expected to be fit to face Forest, having taken part in a light training session yesterday. Joe Mattock (groin) will have a fitness test today.

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