Sky Bet Championship: Stuart Gray optimistic over Sheffield Wednesday job
Stuart Gray is hoping to get the Sheffield Wednesday manager's job, with an appointment imminent.
Last Updated: 11/01/14 11:43am
Stuart Gray has been in caretaker charge at Hillsborough since Dave Jones was sacked on December 1 and he is hoping to get the job on a permanent basis.
Wednesday have claimed 11 points from their seven Championship matches to move up to 20th in the table during Gray's temporary tenure and he is now set for talks with chairman Milan Mandaric.
Gray told Sky Sports News: "I was going to sit down with the chairman last Tuesday but he had to go out of the country on business.
"He is still away at the moment but I think him and I are going to sit down after Saturday's game.
"I'm very optimistic. I have got confidence in me doing the job and the chairman's got confidence in me doing the job as well, which is a bonus as such, but the most important thing, I think, is that the players have responded.
"The players deserve a lot of credit. We've got out of the bottom three, we are playing a big team on Saturday in a local derby and we are desperate for another three points."
Mandaric, who gave Gray an extended period to prove his credentials before Christmas, also wants to concentrate on signing two players in time for the Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.
"I'll talk to Stuart after the game at the weekend and we'll sort it out," Mandaric told the Sheffield Star.
"He has stabilised the team and the players are showing a lot of good signs. We cannot ignore that.
"We'll come to a final decision, but we want to concentrate on this important game against Leeds.
"Stuart is a good coach who is doing a good job. I'm very appreciative of that. He will stay one way or another.
"I cannot say now that he is going to stay as manager. I need to sit down with him and speak to him. It is a two-way thing."
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