Wheeler-dealer boss is a man in a hurry

Don't dither: Lewis Buxton has been told to make a quick decision
Don't dither: Lewis Buxton has been told to make a quick decision

GARY Megson is telling Jermaine Johnson, James O’Connor and Lewis Buxton that it is ‘make your mind up’ time.

He would like early decisions from the three once they have been offered new deals.

“We can’t faff about all summer waiting to see what the answers are,” said the Owls manager.

“Hopefully we can sort it out. If not, they have to realise that while they they themselves are looking to see if there’s anybody else out there, we would be doing exactly the same. That’s normal football practice.”

Megson has decided to let Tommy Miller and Richard Hinds go but hinted that other players may have been released if they had not been under contract.

It also seems obvious that he would listen to offers for certain players. But in that respect he feels he is no different to any other manager.

“I’m sure there are some players at Barcelona who aren’t available, but if offers came in they would be available,” he said.

“At their level, people would say it would take silly money to prise players away.

“But in our case we have players who signed Championship contracts who have been in a team that got relegated and now haven’t got back. So we do need to change things.

“Some of the lads under contract won’t be playing, and it might be better if they move on. But we are not in a position to do anything about those at the moment.”

It also seems that the Owls in future will not pay what they believe to be unrealistic wages.

Megson said: “We are a League One club. If we were fortunate enough to get ourselves promoted then things (on wages) would change again, but we have just had a poor season and a lot of the players have had poor seasons as individuals, and there can’t be reward for those things.”

But he believes that Wednesday will still be one of the best places to be for a League One player: “If a Championship club was interested in one of our players we’d find it difficult to compete, but at this level we’re probably as good as you’re going to get.”

Megson has also said that the offers to O’Connor, Buxton and Johnson reflect the club’s current status.

The Owls boss will value O’Connor’s workrate and reliability. Buxton can play in various defensive positions.

Johnson showed with his goal against Exeter last Saturday how devastating he can be - but Megson is still chipping away to try to make him more consistent, and better defensively.

Miller’s release was arguably a surprise, but his age, 32, and injury history may have counted against him, and Megson may simply see room for improvement in midfield.

On the other hand, perhaps his chance of staying would have been higher if someone else could have been offloaded.

Hinds’s release was no surprise as he has played rarely this season.