Megson: Playing at Hillsborough is a privilege

Pete Mckee
Pete Mckee

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league win, albeit that Tuesday’s goalless draw at Bournemouth was a definite step in the right direction.

Certainly, Megson could not be any more motivated to succeed with the club he supported as a kid, then played for. . . and was previously skippered by his father Don.

“I want to do the best job I’ve ever done,” he said. “That would be really something after the previous ones, but I’ll try to eclipse all of that.”

It’s tempting to say he’ll need to - as the 18th manager employed by Milan Mandaric across the last 12 years!

Megson is in that number for the second time after a 41 day spell with Leicester before quitting for Premiership Bolton that “still makes me his third-longest-serving!”

He’s joking, of course, and Megson is relaxed about his chairman’s reputation, saying: “It’s there and you just have to accept it.

“You can say he’s not the most patient chairman - but win and you’ll be all right.”

Besides, he added: “I’ve done it to him twice” - a reference to turning his back on an offer to manage Mandaric’s Portsmouth seven years before that fleeting spell at the Walker’s Stadium.

“I felt bad about Leicester. It wasn’t a difficult decision going into the Premier League but I didn’t feel good about it.

“Do I owe Milan? It’s not a case of owing him. And it’s not for me, either - it’s for the supporters. The quality and quantity of support here is massive, the envy of a lot of places.

“We’re halfway in League One and people still refer to us as a massive club. That’s why the players are lucky to be in front of that crowd.

“When things are not going well, that can be a problem but if you are winning then these fans are as good as you can get.”

Winning football has to be Megson’s priority and his reputation for pragmatism should eventually prove a strength rather than a weakness because the Owls have had no definable style in recent times.

Yes, there’s more money on tap - but it’s hard to escape the view that Wednesday are first having to pay their dues for all those years of neglect.