Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray must stay, says Chris Maguire

Owls head coach Stuart Gray. Picture: Steve Ellis
Owls head coach Stuart Gray. Picture: Steve Ellis

Stuart Gray should be given the chance to turn Sheffield Wednesday into Championship promotion contenders next season, according to Owls goal hero Chris Maguire.

It is understood Gray is still waiting to speak to chairman Dejphon Chansiri regarding his summer plans, leading to some fans questioning his long-term future at the Hillsborough outfit.

But Maguire, speaking after Saturday’s pulsating 2-2 draw at top-two hopefuls Bournemouth, has praised the job Gray has done in transforming Wednesday’s fortunes.

The Owls are in 12th position, four places higher than they finished last season, and having garnered five points more with two matches still remaining.

Maguire, who rescued a point for Wednesday by converting a penalty in added on time against Bournemouth, told The Star: “Everyone is rooting for Stuart that he gets the opportunity to take this club forward.

“You just have to look at the season we have had and what Stuart has done with the resources and players that he has had compared to the teams above us and how much money they have spent.

“We have not had that money but this is probably Wednesday’s best finish for a good few years.

“Stuart has been brilliant and you only have to look at the past 18 months since he has taken charge to see what a great job he has done.

“All the boys will back him all the way 100 per cent. He’s the type of manager you want to play for every week. Hopefully he will be given an opportunity and we can kick on next season.”

Maguire, recalled to the starting line-up last weekend, will become a free agent in the summer but the Scot has spoken of his desire to sign a new deal.

“I am enjoying my football and loving it here,” he admitted. “I would be happy to stay. The boys are brilliant and so is the manager. It (contract situation) is out of my hands. I can only keep performing.

“I know I have not had the best of seasons but I have contributed at times.

“When things aren’t going well for you, you dig in. I’m not that type of player to hide when things aren’t going my way.”