Megson out to repeat Albion revival

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GARY Megson does not normally set targets but he has told how he hopes to repeat at Hillsborough the sort of revival that he brought about at West Brom.

Better known for twice leading Albion into the Premier League, he also earlier saved them from relegation to football’s third tier before rebuilding the team.

At Hillsborough he finds himself facing the same sort of reconstruction task that he undertook at the Hawthorns and at Bolton, whom he kept up though they were bottom.

“Have I taken over teams like this before? Yes...Bolton, West Brom, and Nottingham Forest, who unfortunately were the ones I couldn’t anything with.

“I want to do exactly the same thing I did at West Brom; they were similar to this club: they hadn’t done anything for ages and needed huge changes.

“Hopefully I can do it without having to upset too many people, but if that’s what it takes, Wednesday are too important to let anything stand in the way.”

Megson believes that some managers are fortunate because they go into a club when spadework towards a revolution has already begun.

“When a club is heading towards the iceberg you need to stop it, turning it around and get it going in the direction you want.

“Sometimes you don’t see the fruits of your labours, and that too has happened to me.

“When I joined this club it wasn’t what I expected at all: people were talking about the play-offs, but within the first 45 minutes of the MK Dons game [the first game after his appointment], it was painfully obvious they were nowhere near that.

“They were doing ok but from January 1 the record was shocking.”

After the starting point of ensuring League One safety, Megson is determined to revamp the club and put his own stamp on the squad.