There’s an underlying grumbling about Stuart Gray and whether performances are ailing because of the manager’s tactics and selection.
There’s no denying that results are becoming harder to attain. The Owls have secured only five points since the beginning of 2015 and relinquishing leads – as we did on Tuesday at Ipswich – won’t silence the discontented voices.
Questions were asked about Gray’s substitutions against Ipswich, where after the introduction of Buxton and Nuhiu, Wednesday seemed to become disjointed and more importantly gave away the lead. Gray’s tactical substitutions weren’t being called into question last Saturday against Cardiff when the introduction of Jose Semedo made a significant impact on our performance.
The reoccurring grumble about playing players out of position also reared its head when Stevie May was moved to the right wing. This does need to be resolved and hopefully with the new recruits we can. The wings, however, could still be an issue.
Gray has new and returning players to integrate into the team. This isn’t going to be an overnight transition. He needs to discover his best team.
The whispers about Gray being on ‘borrowed time’ and that the new owners will ‘want their own man in’, don’t help the manager settle the team. The new players have barely been with us for two weeks and Gray needs to find out their attributes fully.
Where we are in the league now is well above our expectations this season. I think if we were honest the squad had ‘relegation fight’ stamped all over it. We need to give Gray a chance to settle the team, then make up our minds as to whether he can handle the job.
Remember he’s already done wonders with a lot worse.