Atkinson backs Owls fans to boost players

Cup winner: Ron Atkinson
Cup winner: Ron Atkinson
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Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Ron Atkinson says the Owls players need to give it a ‘right go’ to get the Hillsborough support behind them.

And when they do, added the man who led the club to League Cup glory in 1991, the Owls fans are the best in the country.

Atkinson returns to Hillsborough on November 25 alongside ex Wednesday legend David Hirst for ‘An Evening With’ two of the club’s most illustrious personalities. As one of Wednesday’s most successful managers he is sure of a warm welcome, but he’s more concerned with seeing the Owls back where he thinks they belong - in the Premier League.

He told The Star: “I’m looking forward to coming back up, it should be a great night.

“The one thing you know about Wednesdayites is that they get behind the lads, particularly if they play the right way and give it a right go. They’ll support you if you make a mistake but as long as you’re giving it everything they’re as good as it gets.”

Atkinson may have brought the only major trophy back to Hillsborough in 76 years, but he also endured relegation from the old First Division in 1990 before taking the Owls to promotion a season later.

He says the current incumbant in the Wednesday hot-seat, Gary Megson, has the ability to turn the fortunes of the club around despite two consecutive defeats. Atkinson said: “He (Megson) has managed at the highest level. He has a good record of getting teams promoted and I fully expect him to take Wednesday in the right direction.”

Atkinson and Hirst will be joined by football agent Eric Hall. Organiser Spencer Fearn said: “It should be an excellent event with two Owls legends. We’re looking forward to a great evening.”

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