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Gray pays tribute to Owls chairman

6 February 2015

Stuart Gray has paid a fitting tribute to Milan Mandaric as the Owls chairman prepares to bid farewell to Hillsborough.

The Wednesday chief has agreed to sell the club to Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri and Saturday’s clash against Cardiff is set to be his swansong.

Head coach Gray, appointed by the chairman just over a year ago, said:

“The most important thing I think is the chairman deserves to say cheerio to the supporters, thank them for their support and for them to get the opportunity to thank him.

“From my point of view, he’s been very ,very supportive. He is a football chairman and there’s not many left in the game now.

Gray went on to reveal that his association with Milan could have started far sooner than it did when the former was appointed as Dave Jones’ assistant in December 2012.

He said: "I had an opportunity to work with Milan when he was with Portsmouth many years ago when Harry Redknapp asked me to go in there and I was actually in work at the time and I've always been very loyal to the people I've worked for.

"So when I got the invitation again to come and work here when Dave asked me to come in, I met the chairman one evening with Dave and he remembered me turning him down and I think it offended him!

"He said 'you're not going to turn me down this time' and I was very grateful that I got the opportunity to come and work with him.”

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