Axed Megson gave fans hope

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AXED Owls boss Gary Megson gave fans hope and belief they were going places - but it wasn’t enough to save him from the chop.

The former West Brom and Bolton boss, who was a boyhood Wednesday fan, replaced Alan Irvine in the Hillsborough hotseat in February 2011 with the club in the depths of League One.

He averted any danger of relegation last term but after 11 months at the helm and a derby win at the weekend the Owls still trailed the Blades for the automatic spot and it cost him his job.

Manchester-born Megson, son of former player Don Megson, has previously managed Norwich City, Blackpool, Stockport County, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers.

His biggest successes was at West Bromwich Albion, where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2002 and again in 2004.

As a player, the tough-tackling defensive midfielder played for nine different clubs, between 1977 and 1995, including two spells at Sheffield Wednesday, from 1981-84, then 1985-89.

Other clubs were Plymouth Argyle, Everton, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Norwich City, Lincoln City and Shrewsbury Town

He began at Plymouth Argyle, where he impressed enough for Everton to sign him for a £250,000 transfer fee. Megson struggled to establish himself in the Everton line-up, and after two years at Goodison, he moved to Sheffield Wednesday, where his father had once played, for a fee of £130,000.

He was a member of the Wednesday team that gained promotion to the top flight in 1983–84, ending a 14-year exile from the elite. He missed only three league games.

He finished his playing career with short spells at lower division sides Lincoln City and Shrewsbury Town.