SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Mixed emotions for Gary Megson as Dave Jones finishes job he started

In charge: Gary Megson when he was Owls manager
In charge: Gary Megson when he was Owls manager
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GARY Megson has been caught up in contrasting emotions in the wake of the Owls’ promotion.

As a Wednesdayite he is delighted that the club have gone up, but he also remains sad that he was unable to finish the job he began.

“I feel like a surrogate mother; you do all the hard work and don’t get the good bit at the end,” said Megson in a TV interview.

He was not at Hillsborough as the team and fans celebrated the 2-1 win against Wycombe and elevation to the Championship.

“It’s strange for me,” he admitted. “It’s Sheffield Wednesday. Whatever goes on there you’re never going to get me to decry Sheffield Wednesday for being successful, purely and simply for the support.”

Megson also echoed the view of his successor, Dave Jones, and chairman Milan Mandaric that some new players will be needed if the club are to flourish in the Championship.

“I think 80 per cent of the players had come on free transfers and this year it was mostly loans and free transfers,” he said.

“I’ve heard Wednesday being compared with Southampton and Norwich (who both went straight up from the Championship to the Premier League). They haven’t been done the same way; this has been done by willpower, effort, fitness, set-pieces.

“They’re going to have to get some other players in.”

Megson, who was sacked when the Owls were third in the table, takes some satisfaction as Michail Antonio, a key player in the closing weeks of the season, was signed by him. The winger arrived a week before the managerial change was made.

Antonio had been a target before Christmas but did not want to go out from Reading then because his partner was about to give birth.

“We wanted to do that a lot earlier than we managed to do it,” said the ex-boss.

“Dave Jones has had a good impact at Wednesday carrying on the good work that had gone on before.

“An even bigger impact has come from Michail Antonio.

“Since I brought him to the club, he hasn’t been on the losing side. He’s done brilliantly for the club.”

Antonio has confirmed that his shoulder - injured in the important game against Carlisle - is still sore, and that is the reason why he took no long throws in the final two matches, against Brentford and Wycombe.

The throw is an attacking weapon in addition to his power, pace and finishing. “It’s good that I’m known for my long throw - even better than I’m known for my football,” he said.

“I couldn’t throw the ball long in the last two games but I still did well.”

Wednesday have confirmed that the 100-page, £5 programme for the Wycombe game was a 10,000-plus sell-out and the best-selling programme in the club’s history.