Sheffield Wednesday: New committee can work, insists Owls chief

From left to right: Glenn Roeder, Dejphon Chansiri and Adam Pearson.

From left to right: Glenn Roeder, Dejphon Chansiri and Adam Pearson.

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray said he is “very confident” the Owls’ new three-man football committee will be big success, insisting: “We are one team on and off the pitch.”

Ex-Hull City chairman Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder, one-time manager of Newcastle United, have been drafted in to work alongside head coach Gray as part of a new management structure at Hillsborough.

Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri confirmed the trio would form “a three-man sporting director by committee” on Monday, with Pearson and Roeder operating as advisors to the Thai businessman. Chansiri wants to lead Wednesday back into the Premier League by 2017, the club’s 150th anniversary year.

Gray said: “I’m very confident it (the committee) can work. I know the two people who have come in well.

“Adam and Glenn have great experience, contacts and I am looking forward to working with them.

“They are football people. They know what a win feels like. They know what a defeat feels like.

“Adam and Glenn know what is required to bring success to a football club. It’s not just about the starting 11. It’s the team off the pitch too. We are one team on and off the pitch.”

The Star understands Gray held one brief meeting with Roeder earlier this week to discuss some of his plans for the future.

When asked if Roeder’s appointment puts extra pressure on his own position given Roeder’s managerial background, Gray replied: “No, I’m not frightened at all about that.

“If I can learn from these guys, then great. I’m sure they can learn from me.

“Adam and Glenn are hard-working, football people and want the same success as I want for Sheffield Wednesday.”

Gray claims it “can only be a good thing” if Pearson and Roeder help reduce his workload and allow him to focus on coaching the senior players.

“I think my strengh is out on the pitch,” he said. “I’ve had to deal with players agents and players contracts since coming in.

“The most important thing is my time is out there developing the players. It’s about team building and team spirit and I think we have had that in abundance this season. Team spirit is vital. My job satisifcation comes from improving players.

“When I come off the training ground, I’ve maybe had to drive 100 of miles to see players and go watch games so if Glenn and Adam coming in takes that workload off me then great. If I can put more hours on the training pitch, then fantastic.”

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