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Bullen hoping for Gray stay

Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen hopes new owner Hafiz Mammadov stays true to his reputation and does not make wholesale changes at the club.

Azerbaijani oil and gas magnate Mammadov, yet to have his reported 40million takeover ratified by the Football League, already owns Azerbaijan club FC Baku and newly-promoted French club Lens and prefers a low-profile hands-off approach.

Bullen, who works alongside manager Stuart Gray as first-team coach and also oversees the club's Under-21s, accepts his future is uncertain but is confident Hillsborough will not see sweeping changes.

"First and foremost you don't invest in three football clubs if you have no genuine interest in football," Bullen told Press Association Sport.

"He is obviously passionate about it and if Milan Mandaric is happy he has sold the club to the right man, then we have to have a lot of confidence in that.

"When Milan came in he lifted the whole place at a time when the fans were desperate and he did a great job, clearing the debts and being very open and up front about his intentions to sell to the right man.

"The new owner I understand is not a tinkerman. He allows people to get on with things and I understand he does support the ones that are in place, so that would be nice.

"Stuart Gray really deserves the chance to carry on after the work he did last season and naturally we want to be a part of that.

"But we'll have to wait and see what the new owner's intentions are."