Megson pledges no team changes at Sheffield Wednesday if results are good

Owls staff: Gary Megson with, from left, Neil Thompson, Chris Evans and Andy Rhodes. Picture: Steve Ellis
Owls staff: Gary Megson with, from left, Neil Thompson, Chris Evans and Andy Rhodes. Picture: Steve Ellis
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WEDNESDAY head for Rochdale tomorrow with new backroom staff and with manager Gary Megson making a promise to his players.

Megson, who has appointed Chris Evans as his assistant and Neil Thompson as coach, vows that there will be no chopping and changing of his team if players play well and results are good.

He would love to be able to field an unchanged line-up at Tranmere on Tuesday.

The Owls boss will make changes tomorrow in the light of last week’s disappointing 2-2 draw with MK Dons. But he explained: “When I was a player, if I did well I did not want to be rested for the next game as my reward. If players get in the team, it then becomes their choice whether they get in it. If they have an off day, they may come out and someone else gets an opportunity.

“If they do well and the team win, then it stays the same. I’d love to have a situation where we win at Rochdale and the team stays the same all season.”

The Owls have never had a settled side in recent weeks.

Megson’s work in training this week and his team selection will have taken into account the need to tighten up after conceding of 22 goals in the last nine games: He said: “Nicky Weaver is the best keeper in this division by a street, and the poor lad is on the end of that.

“It’s not simply the back four. It’s a team game, not one department.”

Coach Neil Thompson, aged 47, was a player at Hull, Scarborough, Ipswich and Barnsley, player-manager of York, Scarborough and Boston United, and academy manager at Leeds.