Owls owner couldn't give a hoot over Megson protests
Published 22:17 02/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Milan Mandaric unveiled Dave Jones as the new Sheffield Wednesday manager yesterday – then launched a furious defence of his sacking of Gary Megson.
The Owls owner said he decided to replace Megson after defeat at Chesterfield two weeks ago, but waited until three days after Sunday’s Steel City derby win to take action.
A large section of supporters were unhappy Megson, a lifelong Wednesday fan, was fired. But when that was put to Mandaric, the Serbian-born businessman responded angrily.
He said: “Let me tell you something. I didn’t come here to win a popularity contest, I came here to do the job. I came here to rescue the club, which was down, very down, for 15 years.
“I came here to turn things around and do better. Sometimes some of those decisions I made aren’t quite right. I’ll correct those decisions.
“You can’t tell me what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m the one who will pay the consequences.
“At the end of the day I’m carrying the can and at the end of the season I’m the one paying £5million cash to keep the club going forward.”
Former Stockport, Southampton and Wolves boss Jones has signed a three-and-a-half year contract and returns to management 10 months after Cardiff fired him.
Megson, in the job for little over a year, had steered Wednesday into third place in League One. Three straight defeats saw them fall behind arch rivals Sheffield United in the race for automatic promotion, but last weekend’s 1-0 derby win appeared to have earned him a stay of execution.
Jones, who won promotion with Stockport and Wolves, said: “I’m lucky enough to come to a club in a good position and normally you don’t get that, but the decision was made and there was no way I could turn the opportunity down.”