Gary Megson
GARY
MEGSON

Gary Megson was most recently the manager of Sheffield Wednesday in npower League One.

He played for seven teams - including Sheffield Wednesday twice - and Wednesday was his ninth managerial appointment.

Gary had been thrust into management as caretaker at Norwich in 1995. He then took charge of Blackpool before guiding Stockport to eighth in Division One, the club's highest ever finish.

His next assignment, at Stoke City, was truncated after four months when an Icelandic consortium took charge of the club.

Megson had also beaten the odds at West Bromwich Albion where he twice won promotion to the top flight. Having missed out in the play-offs shortly after his arrival at the Hawthorns, the Baggies snatched second place from West Midlands rivals Wolves in 2002.

They were relegated the following season but stormed back to the Premier League in 2004. Albion's success was all the more remarkable in that Megson had an uneasy relationship with his chairman who wanted to have control over the signing of players. The manager's hopes of a new deal went unanswered and he was sacked after announcing that he would leave at the end of his contract.

At his next club, Nottingham Forest, Megson took the conscientious decision of resigning after failing to check the club's slide into the third tier. A brief association with Leicester City preceded his appointment by Bolton.

At the Reebok Stadium, Megson inherited a side that were bottom of the Premier League but fought off relegation and he also led the Trotters to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history. They stayed up by taking 11 points from their last five games.

In the 2008/09 season, success was again with Bolton leading them to a 13th place finish. Megson and Bolton then parted company in December 2009 before he later joined Sheffield Wednesday.

Megson was confirmed as the new manager of Sheffield Wednesday on February 4, 2011. He remained with the Owls for just over 1 year as they parted company with Megson despite being in 3rd place in npower League One. His final game in charge saw Sheffield Wednesday defeat local rivals Sheffield United in the Steel City derby.

Manchester-born Gary is the son of Don Megson, the former Sheffield Wednesday left back and captain. The Hillsborough connection was renewed when Megson junior moved there as a midfielder via Plymouth and Everton.

He had a second spell with Wednesday - winning promotion under Howard Wilkinson and thriving in the top flight - in between stints at Newcastle, Manchester City and Norwich where he became assistant manager.

Honours (6)
  • personal-awards
    • Bolton Wanderers:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2008-11-01)
    • West Brom:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2003-08-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2002-03-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2000-11-01)
  • promotions
    • West Brom:
      • Promotion to Barclays Premiership, (2004-04-25)
      • Promotion to FA Barclaycard Premiership, (2002-04-21)
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