Sheffield Wednesday: Why Taylor thinks Gray is the right fit

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Former Owls defender Martin Taylor is confident Stuart Gray will be a long-term success at Sheffield Wednesday.

After taking over from Dave Jones in December, initially on a caretaker basis, last year, Gray steered the Owls away from relegation trouble, leading them to a 16th placed finish in the Championship.

Gray, appointed head coach in January following their FA Cup victory at Rochdale, is looking to assemble his own squad this summer and Taylor believes he is the right person to bring the good times back to the Hillsborough club.

Taylor, one of eight players released by Gray earlier this month, has told The Star: “Stuart has come in and done really well. When he took over, the team were in a difficult position but they put a great run together after Christmas.

“It was a fantastic run and the team were going into games and you couldn’t see how they were going to lose. He brought a good mentality in. Stuart has got a good ethos around the training ground so I’m sure he will be successful in years to come.

“Their form tailed off towards the end of the season but I think a lot of the effort and injuries since Christmas took its toll on the team.”

Liam Palmer, Wednesday’s player of the year, and Kieran Lee blossomed under Gray’s tutelage, according to Taylor.

The 34-year-old said: “There are some really good, young players at the club.

“Liam was great last year and I think Kieran is improving all the time too. He’s come on a lot over the last six months.

“There is a lot of potential and good ability in that squad and I’m sure Stuart [Gray] will add a few faces over the summer. He’s got a lot of contacts in the game so he will be able to get some good players in.

“They’ve got good quality already and Stuart will be looking to add to that. I’m sure the loan market will come in handy as well.”