GARY Megson is sick of the “blame” culture he believes infects the Sheffield Wednesday club.
The Owls boss was left frustrated after his team were thumped 5-1 at Stevenage on Tuesday.
Now Megson says his players need to stand up and be counted instead of blaming others for their failings, especially away from home.
“We, as a football club, have to be very careful now of players using that result for their own ends,” stressed Megson.
He said he wouldn’t abdicate any personal responsibility, but added: “I put the team out and dictate the way I want us to play. I didn’t see any of those things against Stevenage. They must not turn round and say it’s my fault - this blame culture has been going on for a very long time.
“I’ve got to lift them, but they’ve got to lift themselves because they get well paid. If you did your job as badly as they did you’d lose it. So would every single person in any walk of life. The footballers have to accept that’s not good enough.
“It’s [the blame culture] not just in the dressing room, it’s at the whole club.”
Megson added there were: “one or two players who will see their own performance was poor and then start blaming other people”.
He added: “I write things on the board before games, pointers to be aware of. The first thing we wrote at Stevenage was that we had 2,000 supporters, so it was important we didn’t let them down.
“It wasn’t acceptable, not just as footballers but as people. The people who are in the stands have the honesty to turn up, so the least they can expect is that we have a battle and a scrap. We might play badly, but we shouldn’t just be abdicating responsibility and hoping that somebody else takes the blame.”
There were few positives, but Megson said: “Gary Madine did okay, he’s scored six goals in four games, but after that I can’t even think of anybody who got close.
“We made three substitutions at half-time to purely and simply get a reaction, not for this game but for the games that are coming up.”
The manager described the start as “shocking”. He said: “It was the same against Blackburn and it’s been the same right the way through.”