Megson is unsure he can keep quiet on Owls debut

GARY MEGSON plans to watch his first game as manager of Sheffield Wednesday from the touchline today but will not be picking the team.

The Owls host Milton Keynes Dons at Hillsborough after a whirlwind 48 hours that have seen Megson drafted in by chairman Milan Mandaric to replace sacked Alan Irvine.

Megson, who has landed a three-and-a-half-year deal, will leave team selection to Irvine's assistant Rob Kelly and coach Billy Barr ,who have been in temporary charge of first-team affairs since Thursday morning.

The Owls will seek to end a sequence of six league games without a victory that has left the club sitting eight points adrift of the League One play-off places and only five points clear of the relegation zone.

Megson, who was born in Sheffield and enjoyed two spells with the club as a player, said: "I am going to have to be part of it this weekend. I am not the type who likes to sit and watch from the directors' box but I won't pick the team because I have only just got here.

"It was a similar situation at Leicester a few years ago and I planned to sit on the line for my first game and keep my mouth shut – but within 10 minutes I was unable to help myself and was on the touchline screaming at players to push up."

Mandaric has always been a firm admirer of Megson's managerial ability and the pair worked together, albeit briefly, four years ago at Leicester.

"I am delighted with this appointment because Gary is a top drawer manager," said Mandaric. "He has tremendous experience in the Championship and the Premiership and that is where Sheffield Wednesday needs to be. He also has a huge affinity with the club as a former player.

"Gary is hungry for success, he is very ambitious, and his ambitions match my own.

"My target when I bought this club was promotion this season, then the Premiership, and that remains the case. I am really excited about where this club can go."

Megson, 51, has been out of the game for 14 months but boasts a curriculum vitae that includes two promotions with West Bromwich Albion and top-flight survival with his last club Bolton Wanderers.

His father Don, now 74, made nearly 450 appearances for the Owls in the 1960s and was captain of the team that lost the 1966 FA Cup final to Everton.

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