SHEFFIELD Wednesday would have been keeping an unhappy player if they had stood in the way of Mark Beevers’ loan move to MK Dons, concedes Gary Megson.
The Owls boss has already explained that the primary reasons for the central defender being allowed to join today’s League One opponents were a need to shave the wage bill plus the fact that Benin international Reda Johnson plays in the same position and, like Beevers, has been out of the side.
But Megson also says: “This is about Mark wanting games.
“There are two sides to football: you’ve got the football side and you’ve got the financial side.
“MK Dons are paying his wages for a time, which is important for this club.
“From the football side of it, we’ve got Reda, who plays in exactly the same position as Mark.
“Mark was getting a bit frustrated that he wasn’t involved and we would have had a really unhappy bunny if we had stopped him going on loan.”
Beevers is barred from playing against the Owls today but the Hillsborough clash with MK Dons brings the return of Darren Potter.
Megson said: “They’ve got one of the best away records in the country. They have been terrific and got off to a really good start. It will be a tough test for us.
“Darren will be coming back with a point to prove, I’m sure.
“They will know that this is going to be a tough place for them to come.”
“I think we’ve won eight of our last nine games at Hillsborough. We need to try to keep that going.
“Our biggest asset is the crowd. They make a huge difference.”
Karl Robinson, the Football League’s youngest boss, was named the League One Manager of the Month for August yesterday. The affable Liverpudlian has guided the Dons to the summit and picked up the accolade for the first time in his career, beating off competition from his opposite numbers at Charlton Athletics, Sheffield United and Tranmere Rovers.
“It’s an end product of a group of players’ and a group of staff’s hard work, yet one person gets an award for it,” said Robinson.
New Wednesday recruit Ryan Lowe scooped the Player of the Month prize.