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Gray has Wednesday job chance

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric is willing to give Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray the chance to stake his claim for the permanent job.

Mandaric will use the busy holiday programme to assess Gray's candidacy for the permanent manager's position and will not rush the process of appointing Dave Jones' successor.

Wednesday face Wigan, Bournemouth, Blackburn, Charlton and Blackpool between Wednesday evening and New Year's Day.

Owls chief Mandaric told The Star: "We are looking at everything and watching Stuart very carefully.

"His time is extended. We all have to get behind him and the team and give him full support and some space.

"It will be a good test of Stuart's ability, and I think he is a proper coach.

"It is more important to support him during the holiday period so we are not going to push very hard as far as interviewing goes."

Wednesday will be optimistic about their chances of beating Wigan at Hillsborough following a recent upturn in results, even though they still remain in the relegation zone.

After Wednesday upset high-flying Leicester 2-1, they then went down to a 1-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest.

However, the Owls then downed Watford away from home on Saturday, with on-loan striker Connor Wickham continuing his good form.