Fans’ tribute to one of their own

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FAN group Wednesdayite have registered “shock and disappointment” at the sacking of Gary Megson.

They are the largest organisation of fans associated with the Owls and held a 10 per cent stake in the club until Milan Mandaric took over.

Vice-chairman Eddie Hoyland said: “In his time at Hillsborough, Gary Megson has been a key part of the renewed unity between the fans, the players and the management of the club.

“He is one of us - an Owl through and through - and he clearly has the respect of his squad.

“Undeniably the fact that Gary is a Wednesdayite has made the decision to sack him harder to accept for fans - and we too feel the shock and disappointment they express.

“As fearful as fans are about the timing of the decision and how it will play out, we trust and hope that Mr Mandaric is as good as his word and has a plan to ensure that whoever succeeds Mr Megson can significantly improve on his predecessor - the proof of the pudding will be in whether we are playing Championship football next season.

“In the meantime, Wednesdayite would like to extend the hand of friendship and thanks to Gary Megson, a manager who helped many, many fans fall back in love with Sheffield Wednesday.

“His pride, passion and love for SWFC matches our own and he will always be remembered fondly by Owls fans. Thank you Gary.”

Chairman Nigel Short said: “Mr Mandaric is an experienced chairman and Paul Aldridge is an experienced CEO.

“They will not have taken the decision lightly or without a plan. The saddening thing is that Gary is also an experienced football man and we now have to face the next 13 games with an unknown quantity at the helm.

“However it was becoming clear through Gary’s recent press statements that there were problems developing in his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.

“A team is a team - and a football management team includes the chairman and CEO of the club. If the three main players at the club can no longer work together, then someone will make way. Clearly that was always going to be Gary - and we now have to place our faith in the chairman to appoint the man he believes will move us forward.

”Irrespective of recent events, we call on all Wednesday fans to continue to support the team through this vital, final quarter of the season. It is imperative that SWFC complete the job and celebrate promotion in May, and the support of the fans is key to this aim.”