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Hello, Dave Jones

Hello, Dave Jones

Dave Jones has today been named as the new Sheffield Wednesday manager, following Gary Megson`s dismissal on Wednesday.

In what has been one of the club`s worst kept secrets, the speed with which Jones has been appointed will no doubt spark rumours of negotiations taking place between Jones and chairman Milan Mandaric before Megson was formally dismissed. Certainly, rumours were abound in the week leading up to the Steel City Derby that Jones would be the man to replace Megson.

This could all just be Milan`s master plan of course, to ensure a swift transition to the new regime. Megson himself was appointed just a day after his predecessor Alan Irvine was shown the door, so the timing of Jones` appointment shouldn`t actually come as too much of a surprise.

I had dismissed Dave Jones as one of the 'no better than Megson` tranche of managers, and I stand by this opinion. The truth is there are many similarities between Jones and Megson, and hopefully the former can win over the fans as well as the latter did.

The former Southampton, Cardiff and Wolves manager has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride at his former clubs. Overhauling the team and guiding them to the top of the table the following season seems to be his speciality, but with Wednesday already in that position maybe he`ll be able to push us on immediately. If the other teams around us win their games in hand, we`ll be 5th. It would take a run of epic proportions (and a similar sized slip up from our neighbours) for us to make the automatic places now.

Who knows, maybe 'new manager syndrome` will kick in and we`ll win 10 of our remaining 13 games. Maybe we won`t and we`ll end up in the playoffs anyway. We`ll have to wait and see.

All that remains is to welcome Dave Jones to Hillsborough and wish him the best of luck. Regardless of our feelings about how Megson came to leave, we have to get behind the new manager and the team for the rest of the season.

Come on Wednesday!

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

Date:Friday March 2 2012
Time: 2:00PM


Well said indeed, echoes my thoughts entirely. Whilst the treatment of Gary did not sit well with me and I indeed wish all the best for him in future (and perhaps to see him once again at Hillsborough in some capacity) as an Owl I can do nothing but support the players and manager entrusted with delivering for us fans. Welcome Dave and the best of luck for a cracking start to your Owls career. UTO!
02/03/2012 14:20:00
Well after jus watching his interveiw on Wednesday Player i now have a uplifted feeling racing through my body.If the team can play as gud as he talked then we defo onto a winner.Still feel sori for Megson n wish him all the best.
02/03/2012 14:51:00
NicNac... that's just about spot on!! The Milan master plan is a little flawed if you ask me as progression within a club is rarely bought it is earnt and Megson was on the right path and with stability and investment he'd have done it. You could say that a 3 and half year contract hints towards stability but we all know that just means if Milan gets frustrated he'll be wasting more money on a pay-off rather than investing in on the pitch talent. (miwinter I don't think we've seen the last of Gary either, I think given the oppurtunity one day he'll be back to finish the job he started!)
02/03/2012 14:52:00
Oh the above post was my last slightly slanted/negative post on the matter... It is now the Jones era!! Come on Dave win us over and show us you've the metal to be Wednesday. It's not your fault you have been appointed and you wont get any negativity from me if you remember that we the fans are the club... you've got yourself a half decent squad now get them playing the way they should... oh and if you can take advantage of the honeymoon period by getting Milan to get you a couple more loan players and sign some out of contract players all the better!! The number being talked about is 10 wins out of 13 do that and we'll all be happy... 13 out of 13 is preffered though fella. It's time the Blue and White Wizards pushed on let the others struggle feeling the pressure of being chased... they'll look at our squad and know that to be where we are with what we have means that it's not a case of if but more a case of when we will eclipse them. UTO WTID KTF
02/03/2012 15:17:00
I must admit that Jones would not have been my first choice - Lee Clark got my vote, however, Jones has been appointed so its time to get behind him and his management style. I am still pretty miffed off at the sacking of GM, came as a bit if surprise to me, but one thing I will not miss about GM is his tactics and lack of ideas when things werent going to plan. Hopefully Jones can bring some more attractive and effective football, and guide us into the championship! UTO
02/03/2012 15:56:00
I would also like to welcome Dave Jones on board, good luck Dave you will need it under this chairman.
ecco owl
02/03/2012 16:03:00
Mandaric as taken a huge gamble anything less than promotion this season and supporters will quite rightly turn against MM and DJ that said we now have to get behind them and give them our full support can't blame DJ for taking the job but we can blame MM for sacking Megson.......
02/03/2012 16:12:00
As others have said, MM has made his decision and now we can only get behind the manager and the team. I am a little surprised how many people are already writing off the chase for automatic. 13 games is still quite a few and means that 39 points are up for grabs. It only takes two losses from them and two wins from us and the picture is very different. We're only where we are because of a blip and there is no reason it can't happen to them. I think the fight is still on, even with games in hand, so now its over to Davey Jones to get us over that finish line. No matter what, he needs to feel the support that Megson did.
02/03/2012 16:41:00
Well said baldowl I haven't written off the chance of automatic either it aint over till the maths says it is!! lol I think that the next week is maybe the most critical yet this season. (In a season of critical phases) Three games 1 away 2 at home, a new manager and the unsettled period after a Derby win... The push starts again, so lets get behind the lads and get them over the line!!! TCIO
02/03/2012 16:50:00
I would like to wish Dave Jones the best of luck, will be intresting to see if the players can adapt to his passing game, would also like to wish GM all the best.
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02/03/2012 17:58:00
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