Reprieve for Owls boss as he escapes ban

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Gary Megson has escaped a touchline ban relating to his media comments at Dagenham and Redbridge last month.

Having pleaded guilty to a second charge of improper conduct, Megson was fined £2,000 by the Football Association yesterday.

He has also been warned about his future behaviour.

Megson had requested a personal hearing with an FA disciplinary panel in Leeds on Thursday to explain his comments in mitigation.

After the 1-1 draw at Dagenham, the Owls boss launched a scathing attacking on referee Steve Rushton, accusing the official of being influenced by a conversation with Daggers boss John Still at half-time. Rushton awarded a controversial late penalty to the Daggers, which was converted by Danny Green.

Megson’s first charge has already been dealt with by the FA. He was sent off during the match for his language towards the officials. Megson accepted the charge and was given a £1,000 fine.

Now Megson is bidding to lead Wednesday to a fourth win in five matches at relegation-haunted Walsall tomorrow.

He has Reda Johnson available for selection again after injury but the Benin international is poised to be named on the substitutes bench at the Banks’s Stadium. Loan duo Danny Batth and Rob Jones have formed a solid partnership at the back so it is doubtful Megson will choose to disrupt that position.

Tommy Miller, who is three matches away from activating an extension to his contract on Championship wages, is expected to start despite suffering a slight knock against Hartlepool United.

Defender Mark Beevers (cheekbone) remains a long-term absentee.