‘Sadness and shock’ over manager’s exit

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HIGH profile supporters and ordinary Sheffield Wednesday fans expressed shock and sadness today at the sacking of manager Gary Megson.

Former IBF World Champion boxer Clinton Woods said: “It’s a bit sudden. I think Megson should have been given more time, especially after the win against United.”

Pop artist Pete McKee said: “I think it is an extremely poor decision at this point in the season unless Mandaric has someone fantastically dynamic lined up.

“I think it was an embarrassment for him that we actually won the derby on Sunday, because I think he’d made this decision already.

“I think David Jones will get the job - but Mick McCarthy would be ideal.”

Season ticket holder Garry Dickinson, a lawyer who works in sports, said: “I was in the Royal box at Wembley for the Holland game when the news came through. It is a great shock to get rid of someone when we are in the position we are in, and the holy grail of promotion is not that far away.

“Megson has done a great job but I think there had been a breakdown in his relationship with Mandaric. The important thing is we must not lose impetus because we are so near.”

Tony Bishop, a builder from Mosborough, said: “We’re third in the league, we just beat the opposition, and Megson is blue through and through. What do you have to do these days to keep your job?”

Lifelong fan Bev Highfield, 51, from Hillsborough, said: “I am shocked and saddened. He seemed to be doing a decent enough job, and the team did win on Sunday.”

Jonathan Foster, 61, from Nether Green, who attended his first Owls match in 1957, said: “After all the speculation I can’t say I am surprised, but I think it puts an incredible onus on Mandaric to ensure Wednesday get promoted. My fear is it will strike a blow to the players’ morale.”

John Holmes, 54, from Fulwood, a season ticket holder for over 25 years, said: “I am very surprised. I think a lot of fans will be unhappy. To sack the manager is a gamble at this stage in the season. I presume Mandaric has got someone lined up, but fans identified with Megson.”

Student Chris Kay, 22, from Bingham Park, said: “It’s a bad decision - he’s only been in the job about a year and he’s building a team. If you keep changing the manager you’re not going to get anywhere.”

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge and a Hillsborough season ticket holder, said Megson had been ‘summarily dismissed’.

“I feel for Gary Megson, he is a passionate Wednesdayite who has had a really good relationship with the fans. There will be enormous pressure on whoever replaces him - it’s clear as far as the chairman is concerned nothing less than promotion will do.”