Stuart Gray in pole position for permanent Sheffield Wednesday job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 18 December 2013, 09:50

Stuart GrayIf Sheffield Wednesday can keep up their recent upturn in results under caretaker boss Stuart Gray then the club's chairman Milan Mandaric could opt to hand the 53-year-old the job on a permanent basis.

Gray has won two of his three games in the dugout since Dave Jones was sacked at the start of the month. A shock win over then league-leaders Leicester and a victory at promotion chasing Watford has significantly boosted his stock, with Gray now the odds on favourite with all bookmakers in the Next Sheff Wed Manager Market.

The Owls had previously recorded just one victory in 16 games this season but their recent haul of six points in two weeks has moved them to within one point of safety. Mandaric will now use the Christmas period to assess whether Gray has what it takes to make the step-up.

Up next are two winnable home fixtures against Wigan and Bournemouth, followed by back-to-back games away to Blackburn (Boxing Day) and Charlton three days later, before Wednesday welcome Blackpool to Hillsborough on New Year’s Day.

If the Owls can continue their transformation under Gray, a former Southampton and Northampton boss, then surely the job will be his. However, if results go against them Mandaric will venture further afield, with the likes of Alex McLeish, Stuart Pearce and Gianfranco potential candidates.

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