Wednesday turn attention away from Keane
Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric has stalled in his pursuit of Roy Keane and appears to be looking elsewhere to fill their managerial vacancy.
The Serbian stated last weekend he was considering Keane for the post previously filled by Dave Jones but, with the FAI yet to receive an approach for their assistant manager, inactions are speaking louder than words.
Aware too that appointing Keane would require him to enter negotiations with the FAI over the size of his pay-out, Mandaric is now looking at the much cheaper and easier option of promoting Jones' former sidekick, Stuart Gray.
"He (Gray) has shown signs of turning things around," said Mandaric. "I think he deserves a chance before we start to be more aggressive to bring people in.
"We have not stopped completely (looking for a manager), but we are not pushing for anyone. I am trying to allow time to see what Stuart can do. If we need to go for a new manager, that will happen soon.
"But in the meantime... I would like to give Stuart a chance. It is up to him. I am not keeping my head in the sand and ignoring the situation where we are, but right now, Stuart is the way we need to go.
"If we need a more experienced manager or somebody different to him then we will assess that. But for now, let us look at Stuart."
To date, the FAI have been unworried about the potential loss of their assistant and one of their board members, Milo Corcoran, declined to comment on the issue when pressed yesterday.