Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart eyes lesson for ex-pupil

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

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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.”