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Goodbye, Gary Megson

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?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday March 1 2012
Time: 10:19AM


I think you've just about covered it there, NicNac. I've read all the posts and most of the news bulletins and I'm still struggling to be honest. I've attempted half a dozen responses myself and deleted every one for being either offensive, libellous or just plain unprintable. What I can say though is this: MY 2011/12 season ended last night. The owner will bring in his next contestant and I couldn't care less. I've supported this club since I was ten and I'll continue to support it till I die. Right now though, I'm being asked to put my heart and soul behind Sheffield Mandaric FC and I can't do it. My faith has been shot to pieces. Never mind, 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' and all that, he'll have moved on to his next 'project' in another couple of years, I just hope he leaves us in better shape than Portsmouth are in now.
01/03/2012 10:54:00
OurMaurice sums up what most fans are thinking and NicNac is right about the next manager. Are we really likely to get a better manager than GM when you look at the reality of what MM seems to be demanding? We're now 5 points off automatic promotion with more games played and an inferior goal difference to all of the rest of the top six. If the new manager is appointed on the basis of automatic promotion being expected, then this is just a 13 game contract. Why would anyone of quality and integrity (by that I mean not just taking the job for the inevitable payoff when sacked) want the job?
01/03/2012 11:04:00
What's Sven upto these days ? Or brace yourselves ; Because i think it might be Clarke who arrives. That would shake a few dormant underachievers
Kettering OWL 1963
01/03/2012 11:44:00
You can only feel sorry for Megson and I can't believe this has happened either. We need stability and a manager needs a chance. If MM had gone all out for Marshall and Alfie etc and had the recent results, derby game aside, then I might have understood this a little, although probably not, but MM didn't plough the transfer cash in when it was needed most but still expected results to keep getting better. The problem here is that this is the Mandaric way and he hasn't been through all the ups/downs and changing managers/divisions that we have for the last 12 years so he has no idea how refreshing it was for us to have megson in charge and to finally look like a decent improving side. Whatever happens now? I really don't know MM can keep the next manager on if he doesn't achieve automatic promotion in 13 games and then loses in the play-offs. How can that be a good case for asking the same man to get us promotion from league 1 next season? As for Bolton fans - go away and move on. We don't care and never did. Good Luck Gary.
01/03/2012 12:06:00
Well said, and thanks, NicNac. I think two things here make this an especially hard blow for us fans. 1. Being brought down to such a low after such a high. Coming off the heals of wining the derby with our heads in the clouds, only to come crashing down with this news (I can't imagine how that must have been for GM!), is both hard to take and to wrap one's head around. 2. Having a guest (MM) giving the boot to one of our own (GM), is probably worse for me. I'm grateful for Mandaric taking over our debt and I believe that he has our clubs best interests at heart (however misguided I believe yesterday's decision was), but at the end of the day, he's a tourist. Yes, he's a Wednesday fan, now, but when he eventually sells the club he'll support whatever other team he buys. The commitment and the love for the team isn't heart and soul. Gary, on the other hand, he's dyed in the wool Blue and White, from child fan, to player, to a manager with real heart. You just can't buy that sort of thing. Even if MM were making the right decision, which I don't think he is, that second point is a pretty tough pill to swallow.
Colorado Owl
01/03/2012 12:36:00
My wife and I looked at each other in shock and awe last night laughing nervously at the mere suggestion he'd gone. We switched rapidly to Sky sports news to have it confirmed while our dodgy internet tried to load the SWFC website. I have only been a member of the Wednesday family 6 years now and this decision has shaken me but not my faith which remains unaffected. Afterall I support the club, the team, the players, the manager and last the chairman. It saddens me he's gone... We all know it's the wrong call as even if you put 'Arry in now he can't change the players or dramatically alter the style of play to secure the automatic promotion spot. The players will have been spurred on as it's clear that Milan will do what he wants and if you don't do well enough in regards to his expectations you are out the door. I wanted more than anything stability for the club as I've witnessed bad decision after bad decision in the past and the fall of our great club to the depths of last season. I was proud of this season and what we had achieved and hope that who ever comes in can carry on Gary's good work get us up via the play-offs or an automatic spot and claim all the credit. I for one though will not forget what Gary has done for us and wish him well. UTGMO How Milan ever thought Gary was going to compete with the lack of support is beyond me... We are third afterall behind the 20 player purchase club and the remains of an (admitedly crap)championship side none the less, they got relegated with better players than we did I think we can agree. So Megson for me was doing the best he could and for me that was good enough. WAWAW I really hope that Milan can prove us wrong but he's really going to have to go some to do that!!! WTID
01/03/2012 12:48:00
Good luck Gary blue and white through and through.Unlike previous managers at our great club you can walk away with heavy heart but the unusual send off of been surrounded by 30 thousand singing your praises and thanking you for a great day out last Sunday (and many more at home). Strange way to end off at s6 but you leave on a high. All the best!!!!!
01/03/2012 12:52:00
Good article, think it sums up how most of us feel. If I'm honest, I just feel kind of numb about the whole situation. As others, I admit I was not blown away when Meggo was appointed but he has definitely turned me around. Now we are by far not the finished article but, we're moving in the right direction which was evident as all the positive vibes coming from the fans and S6 were showing. As for his replacement, well good luck on filling them boots, they're MASSIVE, an ex player and a Wednesdayite to boot. I would like to wish Mr Gary Megson all the luck in the world and hope he goes on to get success at a different club, he deserves it. As for MM, well at this point, no comment. I'm sure I'll come round when the dust has settled, I always do, but currently I'm annoyed. Having given him our faith and trust, it does feel a bit like a stab in the back. I hope he will be honest in telling us the reason and not just this poor performance excuse. Ah well, rant over I guess. As per normal, UTO WTID. GOOD LUCK MEGGO, YOU'LL BE MISSED.
01/03/2012 12:54:00
P.s. just one suggestion, Bully! He played in all eleven positions so I'm sure he can handle managing the team as well. Lee Lee Lee Bullen! Wednesday Legend! UTO WTID.
01/03/2012 13:05:00
P.p.s. just trying to make light of the situation. UTO WTID.
01/03/2012 13:06:00
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