Megson plots Owls off-field revolution

Owls Manager Gary Megson with Chairman Milan Mandaric.
Owls Manager Gary Megson with Chairman Milan Mandaric.
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GARY Megson is striving to strengthen the Owls’ operation off the field as well as on it.

He has asked chairman Milan Mandaric and vice-chairman Paul Aldridge that a fitness coach be appointed and that a new scouting system be put into action.

“At the moment we’re using Carl Wells as our fitness coach, but he’s the academy’s fitness coach,” said the Owls manager. “We’ve got to get one. We’ve got to get this club a lot more professional very quickly so we can start moving it forward.

“I’ve mentioned a name to them; I’m just waiting for them to ratify it.

“I’ve also talked about getting a scouting system up and running. We’re just waiting for that to be ratified, and we’ll move that on as well.”

Assistant manager Chris Evans will also play a part in player recruitment.

Megson confirmed: “Chris is very good at all that type of stuff. We won’t actually employ a chief scout; what we’re putting to them is we want scouts up and down the country, not loads and loads of them, but we know names we would use in the Midlands, London, the North-west, the North-East, and we would do it around here.

“We know we can’t have a scouting system like we had at Bolton but we can certainly have something a lot better than what we have; as soon as we get that ratification, we’ll get it done.”

Previous manager Alan Irvine operated without a scouting staff, and one the first targets set out by Mandaric after his takeover was to implement a new system.

At Bolton, Megson had a chief scout and three full-time European scouts who lived in Bolton.

He added: “That’s easy, because with Manchester Airport they were just given countries that they went to all the time, and we had something like a dozen around the place who were all employed by Bolton.”

Mid-table Wednesday head to Carlisle United today aiming to register their first league since mid-December.

The Cumbrians, who have Owls old boy Frankie Simek in their ranks, are seeking a hat-trick of wins over the Owls, having already knocked them out of the semi final of the Northern section of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and winning 1-0 win at Hillsborough.

Gregg Abbott has a selection poser at left-back, with Matty Robson and Gary Borrowdale vying for a first-team berth. Influential midfielder James Berrett, who has made 17 assists, is expected to be passed fit to play but Liam Cooper and Lubo Michalik are sidelined.