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Millers sign former Wednesday forward

Rotherham United have completed their 11th signing of the summer after agreeing a deal with former Sheffield Wednesday forward Chris Maguire, subject to medical and Football League ratification.

Chris Maguire Credit: Press Association

The versatile striker, who can also play in a wide role, put pen-to-paper this morning after agreeing personal terms.

Maguire left the Owls after a three-year stay at Hillsborough during the close season, making the short journey to Rotherham whilst also linking up with former teammates Joe Mattock and Lewis Buxton.

It is fantastic news that has reached me in Scotland this morning that Chris Maguire has become a Miller. This young man is a player I have admired since his days at Aberdeen and he was a lad that was on my targeted list of players at the end of last season.

– Steve Evans, Rotherham United manager

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New Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal: I want British players with Championship experience

New Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has told ITV Calendar he is looking to recruit British players with Championship experience.

The 49-year-old was officially presented to the media at Hillsborough earlier this today - and said he has enjoyed the welcome he has received in South Yorkshire.

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Our players know that we want more players. We want quantity with quality - so we will try to find players with similar qualities in each position. We have some work to do. I'm focused more on the Championship - we want British players from the Championship. You can expect players from the Championship. It's hard negotiations because it is a very specific market but we are focused on the Championship and soon we will British players from the Championship.

– Carlos Carvalhal

Owls sign Portuguese winger Matias

Marco Matias Credit: Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday have signed Portuguese attacking midfielder Marco Matias from Primeira Liga side Nacional.

The 26-year-old has penned a four-year deal at Hillsborough.

Matias scored 20 goals in 36 appearances in the Portuguese top tier last season, helping Nacional to a seventh-place finish.

New Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal has told ITV Calendar that Matias is an important player.

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Owls sack Gray

Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with manager Stuart Gray.

Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with manager Stuart Gray. Credit: Press Association

The 55-year-old came to the club in 2012 as part of Dave Jones' backroom staff and was appointed head coach in January 2014.

The Owls finished thirteenth in the Championship this season and were taken over by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri in January.

In a statement, Mr Chansiri said, "This is not a decision I have taken lightly but one that I believe is in the best interests of our club ahead of the 2015/16 season. The club will be taking a new direction next season and it is my belief that the appointment of a new head coach will help achieve my desire of bringing Premier League football back to Hillsborough.

“I would like to thank Stuart for his hard work and diligence on behalf of Sheffield Wednesday and wish him all the very best moving forward.”

Pearson reaffirms commitment to Hull

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has moved quickly to reaffirm his commitment to the Super League club in the wake of his appointment as executive director at Leeds United.

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Pearson has returned to Elland Road, where he was previously involved through his various roles in football, which also included a brief recent spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

However, Pearson, who bought Hull in 2011, wants to put supporters' minds at rest by insisting he remains 'totally committed' to the black and whites.

"I have continued to be involved with opportunities elsewhere in sport and business but that changes nothing in terms of my responsibilities and ownership at Hull FC," he said on the club's website hullfc.com.

"Joining the board at Leeds United is an exciting prospect and one I'm looking forward to after a number roles in football in the past.

"However, I remain totally committed to Hull FC, having made a big commitment and contribution to the club, both emotionally and financially, and look forward to seeing the club continue to grow.

"I remain financially committed to the club for the long term and believe wholeheartedly that the management team I have in place will drive the club forwards, both within performance and administration."

Pearson quits Owls for Leeds return

Former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson is to join Leeds United as owner Massimo Cellino's "right-hand man"

Former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson is joining Leeds United as an executive director Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Pearson , who was Leeds' Commercial Director before taking over at Hull, will be unveiled tomorrow as an executive director at the Elland Road outift.

The shock move comes less than a month after Pearson was appointed to Sheffield Wednesday's three man football committee.

“I’m here to assist Massimo as much as possible on all sides of the club and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ll be like his right-hand man as executive director at the club, trying to get the club moving forward in the right lines and in tune with its supporters.

“We’re hopeful for a good season in the Championship next year.

“I know the club really well, I was here 15 years ago. Quite a lot has changed internally but there’s still a lot of familiar faces and some really good staff here.

“Hopefully we can build on that teamwork off the pitch and really take the club forward.

“I know this city very well, I know the club and it’s my hometown city. I want to get back in here and make a difference and get the club moving forward again.

“I’ll be working on all aspects of the club, looking primarily to start with the business and commercial sides to make sure we’re maximising all the revenues coming in.

“I want to make sure that the supporters are getting looked after and the facilities are right. There are some key people already here at the club so it’s just bringing that together and pushing that forward.”

– Adam Pearson

Adam is coming here to be my right-hand man, to help me with everything that needs to be done. There is a lot of work to do.

“He is a good man. He loves football and he knows this club well, that is important.

“Since I came back to Leeds, I have not stopped working, but Adam will help me now. I wanted him here at Leeds and I believe the working relationship will be positive.

“He has quickly started in his job and he has shown in the past that he knows how to be successful in football.

“We will work together on making sure we are ready to have a strong season on and off the pitch.”

– Massimo Cellino, Leeds United chairman
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