Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart eyes lesson for ex-pupil

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler
Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

Stuart Gray faces an old “student” tonight hoping to show that he is still the master.

Wigan’s new manager Uwe Rosler was a player at Southampton when Gray was in charge.

The Owls and former Saints boss marked Rosler down then as a student of the game and is not surprised than he has risen up the managerial ranks. “Uwe was a player brought in by Glenn Hoddle and suddenly I took over,” says Gray. “I remember him missing a sitter at Leeds!

“He was always asking questions; he was a student of the game, was keen to do his coaching courses; I’m pleased he got the job at Wigan.

“Hopefully I’ll have a glass of wine with him after the game - but with a smile on my face.”

Rosler moved from Brentford - where Owls centre half Martin Taylor had a loan spell this season - to replace Owen Coyle at Wigan earlier this month.

The Latics’ 3-2 win against Bolton on Sunday ended a run of six successive defeats going back to November, though two of them were in the Europa League.

Rosler was pleased with the way the players adopted his tactics of a high-tempo, pressing game that denied opponents time on the ball - a clue to how they may play tonight.

He said: “The team responded very well to the tactics we have set out, pressure high, pressure all over the pitch, attacking-minded football.

“The first 35 minutes was very, very good; that’s the way I want to play. The players were very good in executing that on the pitch.”