Summer of change for Wednesday

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GARY Megson believes that Sheffield Wednesday are heading into a vital summer.

It will be his first chance to put his stamp on the squad and make changes that he believes are crucial to the Owls’ chances of beginning a revival.

His hands have been tied so far because he has had to operate outside the main transfer windows since joining the club in early February.

So Megson regards the close season as being hugely important to the club’s future.

He admits that the buck stops with him - but he wants the team to become a better reflection of his own standards.

Megson will also hope that a revitalised team can bring about a big improvement on this season’s final placing of 15th.

He says: “This close season is going to be vital in terms of trying to take Wednesday forward. The first thing I’m looking for from every player that comes to the club from now on is a realisation that Sheffield Wednesday are doing them a favour by signing them, rather than the player is doing Sheffield Wednesday a favour.

“This has got to be a place where players join to be successful, not because it’s nice and second-rate performances and results will be accepted.

“As a person and as a manager, and more importantly Sheffield Wednesday manager, I can’t and won’t accept that. This club is way too important for me to accept anything other than 100 per cent honesty, desire and drive to get this club where we all want it to be.

“If there are any players here now who don’t accept that, then they have to go or change, and any players who join will have to accept the criteria.

“This can’t be a rest home for footballers who have failed at other clubs.

“I have a reputation that I will dig people out, regardless of whether they play or whether they work, if I think they’re doing anything that doesn’t benefit the club.

“I would love to be able to completely change Sheffield Wednesday and the way it is at the moment to what I know it can be, because I’ve played for the club.

“I will change it and I would like to change it without falling out with all and sundry, but change usually means you’re upsetting one or two.

“I would prefer that change to come from within the person or player. That comes from accepting that Wednesday being in this position is not acceptable.”

Academy keeper Sean Cuff and defender Cecil Nyoni have been offered pro contracts.