GARY Megson has thanked fans for the support they gave him during his Hillsborough reign - and looked back on the “emotional” occasion that proved to be his farewell appearance as Owls manager.
“I’d like to thank each and every one of them,” he told The Star.
“The only reason I took the job was to work for the supporters.
“I’d known their quality for a long time. When I was at certain other clubs, I used to pay supporters the compliment of saying they were similar to Wednesday fans,” said Megson, who nevertheless regards Owls fans as the best.
“They have proved that, time and time again,” he said, “with the unequivocal backing they gave to me and the team. I can’t thank them enough. That’s what I will miss: the team and the supporters.”
He went out on a high with the derby victory: “For me on Sunday it wasn’t about the job or just the result or the fact it was a derby: it was seeing the Kop, the North Stand and South Stand full of Wednesdayites. The place was rocking.
“It was really emotional for me and my family, who are all Wednesdayites. It was a fantastic occasion. WTID.”
The abbreviation means Wednesday Til I Die and is intended by Megson as a parting message to express his undimmed love for the club.
He declined to comment on his sacking. It is understood that he has been in talks with the League Managers Association and lawyers.
Megson also issued a statement via the LMA. As well praising the fans, it said: “I am very saddened that I will no longer have the opportunity to manage my home-town club. With just 13 games left and currently in third place, it is very disappointing that I will not have the chance to guide this great club to promotion and back to the Championship.
“At some point in the future, I would love to come back to Hillsborough to finish the job I feel I had only just started.
“I am sure that many people are aware of the strong affection I hold for Sheffield Wednesday, not only from my playing days, but also the family connection with my father having served as club captain.
“I would like to thank the staff at the training ground, they are fantastic people, and the players, who are honest, dedicated and full of enthusiasm. I cannot praise them highly enough. I wish the club all the very best for the rest of the season.”
He transformed his team in just one season
RESULTS of matches under Gary Megson reflect the two different tasks he faced in League One last season and this.
He came in when the Owls were 12th after stuttering results and were flirting with the relegation zone rather than heading for the top six.
Though not able to put his real stamp on the side until the summer, he stabilised them and ensured safety with a 15th-place finish, with a record of six wins, five draws and eight defeats.
This season, his rebuild squad have put the club in the top two or three for most of the time - the record has been 18 wins, six draws and nine defeats.