Stark contrast to Euro glory nights for new Owls boss’s first away test
GARY Megson knows what it’s like to take a team to Bayern Munich and get a result.
He stands as the only manager to have led an English team to a European victory at Red Star Belgrade’s notoriously partisan arena.
He can point to another excellent away result at Atletico Madrid.
They are just part of the European successes that Megson enjoyed when he was in charge at Bolton Wanderers.
Now, in contrast to the successful away days at such magnificent stadia, Megson begins his Sheffield Wednesday away days at much more humble surroundings - Rochdale on Saturday.
New Owls boss Megson is justifiably proud of those UEFA Cup nights when Bolton pulled off results against the odds in 2007/08.
They drew 2-2 at Bayern Munich in front of 66,000 and there were 45,000 stunned Serbs when Bolton triumphed 1-0 against Red Star on a ground where no English club had ever won and they followed all this up with a goalless draw away to Atletico Madrid.
The first two games had been when they were qualifying from the group stages whilst the draw in Madrid came when Bolton were protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg at the Reebok.
He can also add on another away draw earlier in the competition against Macedonian side Rabotnicki.
Bolton’s run was ended as they eyed a quarter-final place when losing 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon after drawing the first leg.
Spotland on Saturday, albeit an updated, more modern ground than the old version, will be far removed from those European nights but Megson will have a greater desire to ensure his beloved Owls bring something back from his first away game in charge.
“I would love to take Wednesday to the places that I took Bolton,” said Megson, who lived in Stannington and went to Malin School and Myers Grove Schools.
Megson maintained Bolton’s Premier League status despite the worst ever start to a season in top flight history.