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It's never dull being a Wednesdayite

To say being a Wednesday fan is never dull is a bit of an understatement after the last fortnight. Who could have predicted that we would not only win the Steel City Derby, but that we'd then sack Megson, appoint a successor within 48 hours, get a disappointing draw away, then two superb results at home all the while teams around us weredropping points!

I can't start this article without mentioning our departing manager, and the great respect so many Wednesday fans will always have for him. After first becoming aware of Megson when he successfully managed West Brom, (I'm too young to remember him playing, and my Dad is an Albion fan!) I always felt that he would manage us one day. Most football players and managers have a strong tie to one particular club, but it did seem more than that with Megson. And so many fans were rightfully upset at his sacking because he was one of us - and that's why it hurt so much that he was gone.

In the 12 years since we dropped out of the Premier League we've only finished in the top 10 of any table on two occasions: (9th under Laws in 2007 and 5th under Sturrock in 2005). We've become used to just being rolled over easily, almost to the point that there have been times where there is a nervous air of negative expectation at Hillsborough.

At the start of last season, everyone expected a good push for promotion, but disaster after Christmas left us with another finish towards the bottom. Megson made us solid, hard to beat, well organised and awkward to play against. This time 12 months ago we'd slipped to the bottom half of the table and had suffered several crushing defeats, yet this year under Megson we've only lost the odd game by the odd goal (Stevenage away aside!).

I've been asked so many times this season by friends and colleagues the question: 'So how's Megson doing?' My answer has been the same every time: 'He's doing a superb job.' The football we've played is certainly not going to win awards, and it did hurt slightly when Unitedites made disdainful comments about our negative football, especially when you consider the way some of their managers have played over the last 10 years (Blackwell, Warnock and Adams in particular).

I was content with the fact that we were playing 3rd division football and if it brought us promotion I wasn't going to complain. At times though, it has been extremely effective. The last 15 minutes at the Lane where we rescued a point and the demolition of Huddersfield (between the 20th and 80th minutes!) are examples of times where we've dominated the top teams in the division. Equally though there have been times where it's been ugly and hasn't paid off. Bury away sticks out in my mind where our one dimensional play was dealt with effectively and we couldn't get ourselves back into the game. Very rarely though have we been beaten because we`ve been out fought and out worked - it's usually been a lack of quality at the back or up front.

What Megson built was a club with a real feeling that it was going their way for the first time in over a decade. A club that could achieve, win matches, get promoted and become 'great' again. Megson started us on that path and he'll be forever loved because of that. How many managers can lead a club for a year before being sacked, yet still have a special ​​place in the fans hearts. When Megson inevitably returns to Hillsborough, no doubt managing the opposition, I'll be the first on my feet to applaud him and welcome him home.

So the big question is, was Mandaric right to sack Megson? I just can't answer that question right now. It's pretty clear that before the derby result, we've been struggling for at least 6 weeks (longer depending on your viewpoint), and with this in mind Mandaric has decided that something needs to be done.

Time will tell if Dave Jones is right for the job and as a fan I'll be behind him fully and I genuinely hope he is a long term success at S6. Not many managers take over a club who are in a play off place with an outside chance at an automatic spot, have the top attendances in the division, an excellent home record, good squad and a financially supportive chairman. As a result, expectations are high. Jones has got 2 months to get us up, or we've got to do it all again, something none of us really want.




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Writer: Chris Mace Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 13 2012

Time: 12:31PM

Your Comments

Nice article, and you're right - I for one don't want to do all this again!
NicNac
I read that article with a heavy heart and I'm sure anyone who logs onto this site with any regularity knows where I stand on this issue. But then I get to the bottom and glance across at the Current Site Poll and I suddenly feel 35% worse. Just so we're all clear on this, the question isn't asking whether we think Dave Jones is a good appointment or whether our chances of promotion are any better now than they were a week ago. The question asks did Gary Megson deserve to be sacked and apparently there's more of you out there voting Yes everytime I look. I'm not just disappointed by this, I actually feel embarrassed. The above article mentions a few interesting stats, especially our poor end of season league placings which can go beyond our relegation from the PL to the Pleat era. Meggo was on course to leading us to our best finish since '92, might have been our best finish since the early 60s. Who knows? And that's another question because now no-one will. If DJ takes us up in 2nd place this season he will deserve some credit because I'd be willing to admit it looked beyond us prior to the derby match. But with other teams slipping up it's all opened up again. But we do have a magnificent home record, we did win the first seven for the first time in fifty years or more. We were unbeaten at home through until January and we've logged seven tidy away wins to date, a couple of them at genuine bogey grounds. Statistically Meggo had the best win ratio of every other manager in our history apart from Harry Catterick and who knows? Given time (and backing) he may even have surpassed him. There seems to be an 'official line' in place where credit for Gary Megson's achievements may only be granted indirectly. DJ admits he's fortunate to take charge of a club in such a healthy position (3rd) with such a fine group of players with such a notable spirit and workrate. That'll be the squad Meggo built more or less from scratch since last August and instilled into them his own pride at being at such a great club. Yes form was patchy for a while and yes we had three ropey results whilst our rivals continued to win, but the turning point was beating the pigs at Hillsborough. The rug was pulled out from under us all but right now things are looking good. Ten games left and everything to play for. But... Was it the right decision to SACK Gary Megson?
OurMaurice
OurMaurice We'll never know will we? Hindsight's a wonderful thing. Rightly or wrongly so long as Jones takes us up either automatic or playoffs don't think ayone will mind. Megson would get some of the credit i'm sure.
tarnyowl
Big game on Saturday guys. County just thumped 4 past Charlton and will be full of confidence. Can't help but think the 4,500 Wednesdayites heading down to Nottingham could make the difference on Saturday. Looking for a win but wouldn't be disappointed with a draw. What do we think?
Devon_Owl
Blind OurMauriceite reporting for duty and as usual agreeing with what you say sir WTID
4evaOWL
As a diehard Wednesdayite, what's there not to like about Gary Megson? Loved his passion for our club and always will. But I love my Aunt Fanny's passion for this club too. Still wouldn't let her manage it. I agree it was wrong to sack Megson with only a dozen games left to play. We should have sacked him months ago and be 10 points clear by now. But we all make mistakes and Megson was Manderic's. I agree Devon_Owl, Saturday is THE game of the season so far. And if we get a result given the form County are in then I predict Our_Maurice with his "heavy heart" will feel not just 35% worse because we won 4-1 and 3-0 but 50% worse and then 60% worse and christ knows how feckin miserable he'll feel if we get automatic promotion!! Does he sound like a real Wednesdayite to you?? Well I'm a Wednesdayite not a Megsonite and I don't give a feck who's feelings get hurt if we get out of this league and glad we have owners who agree WTID
Megson_Out
Is it me or are Our_Maurice and 4evaOWL starting to sound like Kylie and Jason?? "Oh hold on the poll says 15% agree with the sacking... Megson_out must have two sign in names" ...err 37% and rising Kylie...
Megson_Out
Get in there!! Thank you Colchester, amazing result for us, now we just need to make sure we win the games we should...hmm, sounds simple enough..!!
Balli80
Lets not fall out now people, More important issues, the Pigs have only drawn......LOL 2 points ahead of us, great chance of automatic promotion. COME ON WEDNESDAY............WTID UTO
Hereford Owl
Haha Megson_out is back to make friends again. M_O I fear you may have had a point all those months ago in reference to Megsons style. Albeit a little OTT. I think Megson was a brilliant manager for us and I would have backed him to take us up in the playoffs. Also OurMaurice makes the point "That'll be the squad Meggo built more or less from scratch since last August and instilled into them his own pride at being at such a great club". Sturrock was a great manager but I'm not even sure he spoke like Megson. Megson has been a great motivator and given this club hope. DJ has a real chance of getting us automatic promotion and I think Colchester's equaliser tonight really highlights that. He is playing with two wingers and getting the team to play football. This suits Wednesday but nobody can deny we needed Megson's steel for the last 15 years! This is such a complicated debate. I just continue to support Sheffield Wednesday and Milan Mandaric. I still dream of the premier league. Thank you Gary and thank you Milan. All the best to Dave and the Wednesday boys!
Devon_Owl
Perhaps it's good to laugh, but this reminds me of a time way back in infants school. There was this one little kid who liked to run around the playground with a lump of dog muck speared on the end of a stick (this is a true story by the way). Maybe he liked to hear girls scream or maybe all that attention gave his confidence a much needed boost. Either way, to take it off him would be to risk getting covered in the stuff yourself and probably spending the rest of the day smelling as bad as he did. To react at all was to play along so in the end most of us tried to ignore him altogether. Difficult though. He's probably a journalist now.
OurMaurice
....or a politician!
OurMaurice
 

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