Why sacking Gary Megson was a family matter for father-and-son stalwarts

Gary and Don with Gary's son
Gary and Don with Gary's son
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It still deeply hurts the Megson family how Gary’s time as manager of Wednesday came to an end.

Boyhood Owls supporter Gary was sacked by chairman Milan Mandaric at the end of February in 2012 – just three days after leading the club to a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United. Victory in the Steel City derby moved Wednesday up to third in League One.

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Gary, who had two separate spells at Hillsborough as a player, said he fulfilled a lifelong ambition in becoming the club’s manager. After succeeding Alan Irvine, he steered the Owls to a 15th-placed finish before transforming them into promotion contenders.

Don, the father of Gary, said: “I loved every moment of when Gary was in charge. Seeing the game through his eyes when he was manager was absolutely brilliant. I was proud as punch.

“It was probably one of the sickest situations when Gary got the sack. It hurt and he is still disappointed about it.

“The club means so much to us both. I think Gary and I have the record for relatives. We played 750 games between us for Wednesday.

“Gary managed the club and I should have done but didn’t. We are probably steeped more than any other family in Wednesday’s history.

“You can’t play that many games for one club and be steeped in that much history without it hurting.”

“I still look at their results,” said Don. “They have steadied the ship. They have gone through a bad time but things are looking up again.”