Sheffield Wednesday have moved to appoint Craig Gardner onto their coaching staff, with Tony Pulis’ rebuild taking shape already.
Pulis was appointed as Wednesday boss last week, with the 62-year-old inheriting a squad from Garry Monk that sit 23rd in the Championship table having peeled themselves off the foot of the table in the last two fixtures.
After arriving into training at the start of the week, Pulis has moved to strengthen his backroom staff at Hillsborough with Gardner.
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The 33-year-old left a coaching role at Birmingham City earlier in the week and Pulis is clearly delighted that he’s got the ex-midfielder on board.
He told Wednesday’s website: “Craig is somebody I have great respect for, he is a top quality character. He’s a young coach and very enthusiastic.
“Coaching is a massive cross-section of opinion and it’s nice to have people questioning what you’re doing and how you do things.
“I was one of the youngest people ever to get my coaching badges and was always questioning my managers! I think it’s healthy.”
Wednesday take on Preston North End this weekend in the Championship looking to kick-start Pulis’ spell in-charge with a win.
Pulis clearly sees similarities with Gardner and himself, which promises good things for Sheffield Wednesday.
It’s good to have these younger coaches on board and, given that Gardner isn’t long out of the playing side of things, he’s a good body to have around the coaching team.
This looks a good appointment.
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