Sheffield Wednesday have sacked manager Gary Megson, even though the club is third in League One. Megson guided the Owls to a vital derby win over Sheffield United just three days ago, which left them two points behind their second-placed city rivals, but the 52-year-old has paid the price for four successive defeats prior to Sunday’s game.
Megson replaced Alan Irvine in the Hillsborough hotseat in February 2011 with the club in the depths of League One and averted any danger of relegation last term. He was tasked with delivering promotion this season and with Charlton and the Blades favourites to take the two automatic promotion places, chairman Milan Mandaric has opted to remove Megson from his post.
Mandaric said in a club statement: “I fully understand this may not be the most popular decision among our supporters but I ask them to trust me, as they have done so wholeheartedly during the time I have been at the club. Whilst we won what was a huge game last Sunday, I have looked at results before that to reach the conclusion which I believe is the right one for now and the future of Sheffield Wednesday.”