‘scandal’ of no scouting

Recruitment: Gary Megson.
Recruitment: Gary Megson.
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GARY Megson admits he remains puzzled at finding no proper scouting system in place at Sheffield Wednesday.

“I find it really strange that a club of this size doesn’t have one” said the Owls boss.

“The last thing that you should get rid of is your scouting system.

“Your football club will start to thrive once you start bringing in better-quality players.

“You must have that system where you are seeing players all the time.

“For a club this size to have got rid of a scouting system is scandalous.

“You can have the best stadium and supporters but if you have not got the players you are not going to have anything so it comes down to recruitment.

“Recruitment itself is dead easy. Anybody can come in and sign players ... but it is about signing the right ones who suit your football club and make it better.

“Once you bring in those players, they will be the ones who will decide whether you get good or bad results.

That is the difficulty of management and that is what you get judged on. Anyone can bring in Tom, Dick or Harry but they have got to be good players.”

Megson will certainly be gearing up for a busy summer of recruitment while some Owls players will be moving on.

“There are players out of contract and we have an idea of what we want to do but now is not the right time to be discussing these things,” he said.

“If somebody is out of contract, they have got to perform. If they want to go to a higher level or another club, they have to perform.”

Today Wednesday host Hartlepool going for a third straight home win.

Megson says keeper Lee Nicholls, on loan from Wigan, could get a chance before the season’s end.