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!