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Megson calls for change to league rules

Owls boss Gary Megson has called on the Football League to change its rules regarding international call-ups from clubs outside the Premier League.

Megson insists squads in the lower leagues, who typically have smaller squads than clubs in the top flight, should be able to call matches off if they have players away on international duty.

Currently, Football League clubs can only postpone matches if they have at least three players away with their nations, but that doesn't suit the Owls, who will be without two players, Liam Palmer and Reda Johnson, for next week's derby clash with Chesterfield.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Megson said: "I find it strange the way football is run at the lower levels.

'Teams with all the players, the big names and the massive squads, get the opportunity to call their games off. The ones without have to plough on regardless.

"We will have two missing which is a nightmare for us. We will have two players out of a squad that won`t be as big as a Premier League squad - yet we can`t call a game off and postpone it until everyone is there to choose from. In effect, you are being punished for having decent international players.'

Johnson has been called-up to represent Benin, while Palmer will feature in the Scotland U21 squad. They will both miss Wednesday's npower League One clash with Chesterfield.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 30 2011

Time: 2:17PM

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Megson moaning? What's new?
supergaryjones
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30/09/2011 15:54:00

Megson moaning? What's new?
supergaryjones
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30/09/2011 15:54:00

Same for everyone in the lower leagues Meggo, get used to it and stop moaning!
TheDon1974
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30/09/2011 22:30:00

Same for everyone in the lower leagues Meggo, get used to it and stop moaning!
TheDon1974
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30/09/2011 22:30:00

Not to jump on Megsons back but come on!its 2 players who he doesnt think are first 11 starters but still feels the need to moan about it!is it a slow news week or is megson really the numpty i thought he always was!
eire owl
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30/09/2011 22:47:00

Not to jump on Megsons back but come on!its 2 players who he doesnt think are first 11 starters but still feels the need to moan about it!is it a slow news week or is megson really the numpty i thought he always was!
eire owl
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30/09/2011 22:47:00

Come on chaps! We don't want postponements but what if Madine got the call for England U21s? We'd all be moaning then, I'll bet!
OurMaurice
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01/10/2011 07:42:00

Come on chaps! We don't want postponements but what if Madine got the call for England U21s? We'd all be moaning then, I'll bet!
OurMaurice
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01/10/2011 07:42:00

What a stupid thing to complain about, Palmer and Reda have been just around the team this year and it's not like we can't go a game without them?
SheffWed93
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01/10/2011 14:53:00

What a stupid thing to complain about, Palmer and Reda have been just around the team this year and it's not like we can't go a game without them?
SheffWed93
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01/10/2011 14:53:00

Reda Johnson scores, he's played at left back last 3 games, i think we will miss him, we signed Stephen Bywater and 2 clean sheets in 2 games, and we are above the pigs, things don't get better, oh and well done to Gary and the lads.
ecco owl
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01/10/2011 17:48:00

Reda Johnson scores, he's played at left back last 3 games, i think we will miss him, we signed Stephen Bywater and 2 clean sheets in 2 games, and we are above the pigs, things don't get better, oh and well done to Gary and the lads.
ecco owl
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01/10/2011 17:48:00

Reda's call up is making Megson change a winning formula I think he's allowed to be a bit annoyed... Taking Reda out of the spot he's occupied for the last three will mean the unconvetional but apparently effective balance Gary has stumbled upon is going to be lost. UTO (I'm guessing Megson will feel he's got to play Reynolds in the spot and tell him to play like Reda has been playing to allow buxton to push forward with condfidence.)
4evaOWL
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03/10/2011 11:55:00

Reda's call up is making Megson change a winning formula I think he's allowed to be a bit annoyed... Taking Reda out of the spot he's occupied for the last three will mean the unconvetional but apparently effective balance Gary has stumbled upon is going to be lost. UTO (I'm guessing Megson will feel he's got to play Reynolds in the spot and tell him to play like Reda has been playing to allow buxton to push forward with condfidence.)
4evaOWL
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03/10/2011 11:55:00

4evaOWL... How will he play Reynolds? it'll be Bennett he plays, although you say it as though Reynolds is no good but anytime he's played this season he's looked solid
SheffWed93
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04/10/2011 08:55:00

4evaOWL... How will he play Reynolds? it'll be Bennett he plays, although you say it as though Reynolds is no good but anytime he's played this season he's looked solid
SheffWed93
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04/10/2011 08:55:00

 

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