megson targets revival

Back at Hillsborough: Former Owls player Gary Megson.
Back at Hillsborough: Former Owls player Gary Megson.
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GARY Megson begins his dream job today on a mission to bring back the good times to Hillsborough.

He played his own part in the Owls’ rich history as a member of Howard Wilkinson’s promotion-winning 1984 side.

Like any fan he loved the glory days of the Nineties when the club was a Premier League outfit pushing for honours.

Now he is at the helm in a job that he has wanted for 25 years and is bidding to lead the club out of the doldrums.

But the first task is to take one step at a time, he believes.

Having only just arrived, he will watch today’s game against MK Dons from the bench, with the side picked by caretaker duo Rob Kelly and Billy Barr.

Megson, yet to reveal any plans he may have over his backroom staff, is targeting some quick wins to revive promotion hopes and believes that the Owls still have a chance of going up from a tight division.

The 51-year-old told The Star: “I remember coming back to this place as a Manchester City player and walking across the pitch with Roy Bailey, who was the physio, and saying ‘one day I want to come back and manage this club.

“I’m delighted to have been able to achieve that. I’m one of the few who has supported the club, played for it, and now managed it.

“A lot of people who come to this place remember the good times. I saw Chris Waddle, Des Walker, Chris Woods, David Hirst, all those people; a lot of younger people have seen nothing but decline.

“It does break your heart when it’s your club.

“I think it’s one of the top eight clubs, yet it’s in the middle part of League One. When you come down Penistone Road it looks tired, not vibrant like it used to do. We have to get the place moving forward.”

Chairman Milan Mandaric has reiterated his target of promotion followed by a return to the Premier League - where Megson twice took West Brom.

The new manager said: “There are teams below us who will be looking at the play-offs. The good thing is that everybody in the division is close. Because of that it’s exciting, and there’s nobody running away with it.

“There have been two good periods, and two periods where results haven’t gone so well. That consistency is there if we can find it.

“Everybody is going on about promotion; we’re nearer the other end. The first thing we have to do is to get this place winning games.”