City’s Football Plight Sees Managers Walk On Dangerous Ground

Carlisle Utd v Sheffield Wednesday..........Owls Manager Gary Megson meets up with his former boss and Wednesday manager Jack Charlton before the game

Carlisle Utd v Sheffield Wednesday..........Owls Manager Gary Megson meets up with his former boss and Wednesday manager Jack Charlton before the game

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You won’t find two more passionate people than Micky Adams and Gary Megson. Throw in the fact that both are managers of the clubs they support and nobody will care more than them about Sheffield’s current footballing plight.

This city has seen some bad times over the years; seldom has it been so bleak. But the unique juxtaposition of fan managers in either camp is not a bad starting point for a revival.

And at a time when the floorboards creak alarmingly under any boss whose team loses a few games, it’s a criteria that can’t be under-valued and should give them more time than most.

What Adams and Megson also have in common is the widespread view, supported by recent historical fact, that both men are on dangerous ground.

Adams is Sheffield United’s fourth manager this season; Megson works for a chairman who is reputedly the most trigger-happy in the game.

Yet something neither Milan Mandaric or Kevin McCabe - a chairman who is a lifelong supporter of his club - can overlook is the circumstances inherited by these two managers.

Unusually, neither has enjoyed anything like a honeymoon period. The changes have yet to work their magic.

But that is another warning against the quick-fix mentality of 2011. Foundations have to be dug deep on a building site and there is much disruption in the process; why should football clubs be any different?

It would be hard to contradict the view that both Sheffield clubs must look outside their immediate circumstances for the path to a full recovery.