GARY Megson accepts he is under pressure to win the Sheffield derby as the Owls bid to reverse a losing run and speculation about his future lingers.
He regards it as part of the job and insists that his over-riding target is victory against United for the good of Sheffield Wednesday on a “fantastic occasion”.
Megson believes that he has the backing of the fans; he is grateful for the way they have supported him and the club this season and thinks the home crowd will be an asset tomorrow.
“I’ve been a manager for 17 years and pressure comes from within yourself because you want to do well,” says the manager who also believes there is always pressure on players to perform.
“Here, I want to do well so badly that it hurts, because it’s Sheffield Wednesday,” he added. “It’s me wanting to get the club where it wants to be. When you’ve been in football a long time, you find it easier to deal with. You feel pressure as a manager when you’ve lost three on the spin.”
There were rumours after the defeat at Chesterfield that he had left the club - chairman Milan Mandaric responded by saying Megson was still manager and the club were concentrating on Sunday’s huge game.
Megson says: “When things are going around about ‘this will be happening, that will be happening’, it’s bound to affect you. It affects your family. Even if you don’t hear it, other people will. It’s the walk of life I’m in. I chose that and I get on with it.
“This is a pivotal game for everybody who follows Sheffield Wednesday. It’s a pivotal game for me. I’m going to take the team in front of the biggest crowd for a long, long time.
“For a Sheffield lad, it’s simply a massive occasion and we want to win.”
Megson was asked whether he felt he had the support of the majority of fans. “Yes,” he said. “I’ve worked somewhere (Bolton) where I didn’t have the backing of the fans; it makes life difficult.
“Sheffield Wednesday supporters are as good as you get
Megson was also asked if he felt had the full support of the chairman. He replied: “I’m still here; the last time (the media asked Mandaric about him) he said something like ‘we’re all in it together and off we go’, so I don’t know.”