GARY Megson is ready to curb the emotion he feels as a Sheffield Wednesday fan if it helps to bring out the best in him and his Owls team.
nd he has candidly admitted that there are times when he does “lose it” on the sidelines.
The manager conspicously stayed away from the technical area and left just coach Neil Thompson in there during Tuesday’s game at Oldham.
That is most unusual for Megson who favours a presence on the touchline where he has always been an animated and passionate figure.
Although stressing that he feels it is solely players who dictate performances rather than any words of his from the touchline, Megson is, nevertheless, prepared to bite his tongue when appropriate.
He explained: “One of the things I’m having to deal with is that, because Wednesday means so much more to me than any of the other clubs I’ve been at, I’ve got to be careful I don’t go too far in terms of drive and desire and start to frighten people a little bit too much with that drive and desire.
“I just felt I had to temper it a bit, so I stood back a little bit (on Tuesday). But, to be perfectly honest, players dictate what happens.”
Megson admits that at times he has to try to stay calm and not react like a fan: “Yes, because it means so much to me.
“When I’ve been at other clubs and something maybe hasn’t gone right, I’ve gone home and been away from it.
“When that happens now, I’m right in amongst it.
“I’m with all my mates, who are Wednesdayites; I’m with my family, who are Wednesdayites,” he added.
But he is also determined to make sure that his passion for the club can be a driving force.
“I just have to change a little bit, but without changing completely.
“At times I do go a bit overboard and I do lose it. I don’t want that to become a disadvantage; I want it to become, hopefully, an advantage. It is not really a big issue, it’s more to do with me than them [the players].”
Megson’s half-time talk during the 3-2 win at Oldham was a message to the players that they could go on and win if they responded well, after being pegged back to 2-2.
He said afterwards: “I’m really pleased with them and for them.”
Wednesday play Notts County at Hillsborough on Saturday looking for successive wins which would be the first time in the league since November against MK Dons and Walsall - the 3-0 win over the latter being the last time they kept a clean sheet at home.
Notts lost 1-0 at home to Peterborough on Tuesday.