Goodbye, Gary Megson
It was with total shock I read the tweet from my Rochdale supporting mate: "Sacking your manager after a derby win, what`s that all about? #SWFC #madness".
It was about 10pm and I wasn`t compos mentis. I`d fallen asleep watching the England match (ha!), and had dragged myself up to bed afterwards. In my groggy state, the tweet didn`t make any sense.
Megson sacked? Nah, he`ll be winding me up. Even Mandaric wouldn`t do something as crazy as that, would he?
But he has.
I was in shock and couldn`t go to sleep until nearly midnight. Checking the official site, twitter, Vital, just for any more snippets of news. I woke up this morning and it wasn`t all a dream, it`s still real.
So it is with a heavy heart that we have to bid farewell to one of our own. A Wednesdayite, who despite me being disappointed with his appointment in the first place, had won me over with his unmistakable passion for The Wednesday.
To say I was gutted would be an understatement, and that just goes to show you how good of a job Gary must`ve been doing. It may not have been his style of football that won us over, but the results (particularly before Christmas) and his enthusiasm for the club did.
Now in the cold light of day, you realise we have to move on. There`s nothing we can do about it now, it`s not like Milan is going to change his mind and welcome him back with open arms. And here, maybe, is the crux of the matter; the relationship between a manager and a chairman.
The love between the team, the fans and Megson was palpable on Sunday. It seems obvious now that the love did not exist (or had at least waned) between Megson and Mandaric. Whether Megson felt he wasn`t being backed sufficiently to achieve the target of automatic promotion, or whether it was just a personality clash, or both, we`ll probably never find out.
All that`s left to say is thank you Gary, and goodbye. I wish you well wherever you go next.
And as for his replacement? Dave Jones? Nope. McCarthy? Nope. Lee Clark? No thanks! Paul Ince, Di Canio, Worthington… the list goes on. All I can think is that any replacement who would be 'better` than Megson isn`t going to drop to the third tier. I would actually quite like Sean O`Driscoll to be given a chance (having seen some of the football played under him at Donny), but I think Mandaric is going to want someone more experienced and 'proven` at a higher level.
Whoever it may be, with an announcement likely to be made before our match against Rochdale on Saturday (ironically), he must be waiting in the wings already. And we have to back him, and the team. We are, after all, all Wednesday aren`t we?