SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s sensational sacking of Gary Megson started an immediate guessing game of who will become Milan Mandaric’s next manager today.
Former Cardiff boss Dave Jones could be heading to the hot seat. He is odds on favourite with one bookie. The third-placed Owls were linked with the 55-year-old Liverpudlian last week, along with former Notts County manager Paul Ince. Other available managers include Mick McCarthy, Mark Robins, Billy Davies, Roy Keane, Lee Clark and Nigel Worthington. Paolo Di Canio could be an outside bet.
It is understood Megson, 52, was summoned to Hillsborough to be told of his fate...a sacking inspite of victory over Sheffield United last Sunday.
Relations between Megson and Mandaric have been frosty recently, yet the chairman did not go into specifics over why he’d ditched Megson.
He said: “This was a very difficult decision but one taken with the best interests of Wednesday at heart. We have 13 games to go of what is a critical season for our club and this decision has been taken because I believe we have a better chance of achieving our key aim of promotion by making the change. I understand this may not be the most popular decision amongst supporters but I ask them to trust me, as they have done so wholeheartedly during the time I’ve been at the club.
“Whilst we won a huge game last Sunday, I have looked at results before that to reach the conclusion which I believe is the right one for now and the future. I take no decision lightly regarding this club. One chapter is closed and another one begins. We must now look forward and I hope to appoint a new manager as soon as possible to help achieve success for this club.”
Many fans will be surprised or even appalled by the decision and its timing.
Three successive defeats and the worsening of Megson’s relationship with Mandaric led to a speculation that he would be sacked if the third-placed Owls lost the derby. But victory against United and a show of affection for Megson from players and supporters seemed to take the heat off. Presumably, assistant manager Chris Evans will be in charge on Saturday at Rochdale unless there is a swift appointment.
Mandaric had wasted no time in appointing Megson after firing Alan Irvine just over a year ago.