Gary Megson is in no doubt: “This is the hardest job I’ve had in football”.
But that is just part of the challenge captivating Sheffield Wednesday’s boss as he battles to realise the strong promotion bid demanded of him.
In every season, there are huge turning points for every club and every manager, even if we can’t fully measure them at the time.
Just how important in that sense was the Owls’ comeback for a desperately needed home win over Notts County last week? And how big a result was it for Megson himself?
We shall never know now, of course. But this writer was not alone in having a strong feeling that a defeat - on top of successive reverses on the road - could well have spelled an early end for Megson’s reign. He had spoken openly and without prompting in the build-up about being “under pressure,” volunteering the thought, in fact. It was almost as if he was bringing matters to a head before such an issue was addressed from above. In that regard, it will have struck some people as not a particularly wise thing to do as a parting is always easier for a chairman if his manager is publicly expecting it.
But Megson was only being characteristically forthright and honest. So there was a climate in which there would have been no great surprise if the lifelong Owl, still desperate for a goalscorer after a summer of painstaking rebuilding, had left after a third straight defeat.
Another bid for Rotherham United striker Adam Le Fondre has been rejected in a game of brinkmanship between the clubs leading up to the end of the August window.
But there was enormous encouragement for him in the 90 minutes against
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