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Gray in Mandaric's thinking

6 December 2013

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has confirmed that caretaker-boss Stuart Gray is on the club's managerial shortlist.

Gray led the Owls to a 2-1 victory over Sky Bet Championship leaders Leicester in his first game in charge and Mandaric believes the former Northampton manager deserves to be in the running.

Mandaric told the club's official website: "Stuart Gray is on the shortlist. He deserves it because he's a good coach and a good man.

"He cares for the club and the team, and I think he has the approval of our supporters as well."

Mandaric also explained his decision to remove former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock from the shortlist.

"A large number of our supporters sent emails, made phone calls and came on the radio," he added.

"I found it very difficult to continue because the last thing I want to do is not support our fans' emotions. I was honestly quite unaware that the situation would go this way.

"The most important thing for this club is to be united, to get together and not be divided. That has a huge influence on me and I am having second thoughts on the whole thing.

"As far as Neil Warnock goes, I think he is a good manager. I thought he could do the job but I don't want to be a chairman working against the supporters' wishes, so for that reason, I am going to take Neil off the shortlist.

"I still need a little bit more time to change the whole scope of direction and I will bring everyone up-to-date after the weekend's game.

"I hope the supporters come there and get behind the club because their support is crucial."

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