GARY Megson’s sacking hit Jose Semedo harder than most at Hillsborough.
It was Megson who brought Semedo to Sheffield Wednesday last summer. The Portuguese ace, signed on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic, has been a revelation and instantly repaid Megson’s faith in his ability by producing a series of impressive performances.
Just three days after the defeat of arch-rivals Sheffield United, Owls chairman Milan Mandaric decided to dispense with Megson’s services, a decision which saddened and surprised Semedo.
The combative holding midfielder said: “When I found out, I was at home watching a movie. My teammates called me and told me to turn over to Sky Sports News.
“I feel really, really sorry for him [Gary] because he gave me the opportunity to play for Sheffield Wednesday. I will never forget what he did for me. He brought me happiness by bringing me to this club.”
Mandaric swapped one experienced manager for another, replacing Megson with Dave Jones.
Semedo, contracted to Wednesday until 2014, said: “We are really comfortable. He [Dave] knows we are a little bit down with what happened to the old manager.
“After the good result against, United, no-one expected that (Megson to be axed) to happen. It was not our fault what happened. We can’t control these kinds of things.”
Two wins out of two under Jones has taken the Owls to within two points of second-placed United with just 10 matches remaining.
“I believe we are going to get automatic promotion,” said Semedo.
Jones’ men face Notts County, who are expected to hand a start to Leeds loanee Lloyd Sam, this afternoon looking to inflict a first defeat on Keith Curle since he took over the reins at Meadow Lane.
The former Sheffield United defender has steered the Magpies into the League One play-off positions following a superb run of five wins from his opening six matches in charge.
Semedo said: “We know this will be a difficult test. We are third in the league, two points away from second with a big possibility to get promoted, so I would say it has been a positive season so far but it is not finished yet.”
Rookie Owls goalkeeper Sean Cuff has joined Worksop Town on loan until the end of the season. The 18-year-old is in line to make his debut today against Chorley.
DID YOU KNOW: Alex Armstrong has been appointed the club’s new Director of Performance. He will oversee the fitness of the Owls’ first-team squad and has previously worked with Jones.