Gary’s Euro stock rises

Working together: Chris Evans, left, is a key part of Gary Megson's backroom team at Hillsborough
Working together: Chris Evans, left, is a key part of Gary Megson's backroom team at Hillsborough
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GARY Megson’s European pedigree is driving Sheffield Wednesday towards the Championship, believes Chris Evans.

Owls assistant manager Evans has paid tribute to Megson for the job he has done in his 10 months in charge at Hillsborough, describing him as a “terrific manager”.

Wednesday have sneaked into the automatic promotion placings following just two defeats in their last 12 matches in League One.

Megson boasts a wealth of experience in the game. It was only three-and-half-years ago he guided Bolton Wanderers into the last 16 of the old UEFA Cup. The memorable run included a 2-2 draw in Bayern Munich and a two-legged triumph over Athletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition. Megson also steered the Trotters to safety in the same season.

Evans, who worked alongside Megson at the Reebok Stadium, told The Star: “Gary is a terrific manager. He has very high standards and that’s why he has managed at the highest level. I have seen him at first hand working in European football and he has brought that knowledge to Sheffield Wednesday.

“He is turning this club’s fortunes around and has to take credit for getting us into the position we are in.”

Wednesday will be seeking a fifth win on the spin in all competitions when they head to Oldham Athletic this weekend. Nonetheless, Evans is refusing to get carried away by their lofty league position.

“We have a very honest, hard-working group of players and we are all keeping our feet firmly on the ground,” he said. “We never get ahead of ourselves; we know what we want and we are trying our level best to make sure we give another good account of ourselves on Saturday and pick up three more points.

“The players here are good people and are a joy to work with.

“We don’t have any ‘Big Time Charlies’ in the squad. We have a group of players who are all committed and have the desire to win and want to do well for the club.”