Steel derbies back if bookies call it right

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GARY Megson will have to defy remarkable odds if he is to turn Sheffield Wednesday’s fortunes around and lead them to promotion this season.

That’s because the bookies have Wednesday at 20-1 ON to be in League One next season, part of an intriguing listing which offers odds of 5-1 against four local clubs all being in football’s third tier too.

With Sheffield United in the relegation mire in the Championship and Wednesday eight points off the play-offs, the talk is growing of city derbies being renewed in League One next season.

With Chesterfield well out in front in League Two and Rotherham United lying third, there is the prospect of all four clubs being at the same level next season.

In addition to the huge odds-on that Wednesday will remain where they are, bookmaker Victor Chandler is offering 6-4 on United being in League One while they say promotion for Chesterfield is very much on the cards at 7-1 on with Rotherham currently 6-5 to go up.

Owls midfielder James O’Connor, who praised Megson’s half-time intervention on Saturday, says he is still looking for the Owls to get promotion this season.