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Owls left with no choice but to sack Irvine

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Paul Fletcher | 13:23 UK time, Thursday, 3 February 2011

Alan Irvine is a decent, dignified and well-respected man. He is also a realist.

Speaking after Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup victory at Hereford on Saturday, the Owls boss admitted that his position was precarious.

A sequence of five League One fixtures without victory had left him on a slippery slope. Tuesday's 5-3 defeat at Peterborough pushed him over the edge.

Chairman Milan Mandaric called emergency talks on Wednesday and it emerged on Thursday that 53-year-old Irvine had been sacked after 13 months in charge at Hillsborough, in the process becoming the ninth Football League manager to lose his job this year.

"It is unfortunate, but this had to take place," said Mandaric, who went through six managers in less than four years as chairman on former club Leicester City.

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As recently as 24 January Mandaric insisted it was not a time to panic; Irvine had everybody's full backing and must be given a chance to arrest the slump in results.

Manadaric said the same thing about Paulo Sousa when he was still in charge at Leicester earlier in the season. "It is crucial we stick together," remarked the Serbian-born businessman, who then dispensed with Sousa's services three days later.

But if Sousa had been given just three months to prove his worth at the Foxes, it is a slightly different story with Irvine.

Wednesday thrashed Bristol Rovers 6-2 days before Mandaric completed his takeover at Hillsborough through his company UK Football Investments on 14 December.

The Owls have not won a league fixture since then and have slipped to 12th in the table, eight points off the play-off zone and 14 adrift of the top two. Perhaps more pertinently, Wednesday are now just five points above the relegation zone.

They have been porous in defence, conceding four goals or more in three of their last six league fixtures. Their last two home games have finished 2-2; their last four away fixtures have ended in defeat. There has been little succour for the beleaguered Wednesday fans.

Irvine's team has looked brittle. The Owls lack confidence and do not seem to have any on-field leaders. Striker Clinton Morrison commented on twitter yesterday that "the place goes quiet for days" after a defeat.

Irvine is a dedicated professional, studious in his planning and thorough in his research, but he does not seem to have the effervescent and outgoing personality that is often required to raise a squad's spirits in a time of crisis.

The Scot was accused of adopting an increasingly negative and attritional approach during his final months in charge at his former club Preston and there were signs of history repeating itself at Wednesday.

Mandaric might be regarded as trigger happy but he could not be accused of failing to support Irvine in the January transfer market, sanctioning the arrival of Reda Johnson, Michael Morrison, Mark Reynolds, Gary Madine and Isaiah Osbourne.

Irvine did not have long to work with them but, nonetheless, there was no real hint or suggestion of an imminent upturn of form and results.

It is a huge shame for Irvine, who left his secure position as David Moyes's assistant at Everton to take over at Preston in November 2007. He wanted to find out if he had what it took to be a manager and the initial signs were promising. The Scot guided the struggling Lancashire club away from relegation during his first season at Deepdale and guided them into the play-offs the following campaign.

However, he was sacked on 29 December 2009 after a run of one win in 10 games. That dismissal came as a huge shock to Irvine, who had spent 30 minutes on the phone that morning discussing all matters North End with a local reporter.

He had just 10 days out of work before Wednesday chose him as the man to lift them out of trouble after they sacked Brian Laws. There was an initial improvement in results that saw him named Championship Manager of the Month in January, but form quickly tailed off and Wednesday's failure to defeat Crystal Palace in a final-day shoot-out culminated in relegation.

Irvine rebuilt his squad over the summer, bringing in experienced players such as Neil Mellor, Nicky Weaver, Jon Otsemobor and Clinton Morrison but the occasional winning streak this season (the Owls twice won three straight league fixtures) has been undermined by patches of poor form.

As a manager Irvine appeared to lack inspiration in the transfer market and struggled to arrest lengthy spells of poor form. After two managerial positions it is still unclear whether he is cut out to be a number one.

"It's a shame it hasn't worked out for him as we started the season really well but recent results haven't been good," said Darren Purse, who left the Owls in January.

"The squad doesn't just deserve to be in the promotion places in League One, it should be in the Championship."

Alan Irvine.

Irvine seemed powerless to arrest Wednesday's slump in form. Photo: Getty images

Wednesday have 20 League One fixtures left to rescue a season that is currently drifting towards mediocrity, if not a battle against relegation.

The January transfer window has closed and the new manager will only be able to bring in players using the emergency loan system. The likes of Gary Megson (who walked out of Leicester when Mandaric was there) and Iain Dowie have been linked with the job.

They are familiar faces, jobbing managers who have been around the block. The records of both are patchy, with success and failure on each CV.

There are numerous promising young managers dotted around the lower reaches of the Football League. The likes of Paul Tidsdale (Exeter City), Keith Hill (Rochdale) and Alan Knill (Bury) might be considered, but Mandaric may decide that the current situation requires an experienced figure.

One interesting option would be Kevin Keegan. Yorkshireman Keegan has not managed since he left Newcastle in 2008 but the attractive type of football he favours would be popular with the Wednesday supporters.

His appointment would attract a great deal of publicity and bring the crowds back to Hillsborough. His animated and up-beat style would lift the mood at the club

Mandaric, partly as a consequence of his apparent fondness for dismissing them, is well versed at the art of appointing a new manager.

For Wednesday's sake, it is important that he puts his experience to good use.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Big Ron! Simples

  • Comment number 2.

    I was at Orient and we were dire, completely capitulated after going one-nil down. We have conceded 17 goals in 5 straight away defeats which, at just under 3.5 a game, points out relegation form. We have on paper the best squad in the league but the players need a kick up the back side. Irvine couldn't do that but hopefully someone else can. It's a shame as he was a nice bloke but his team selections recently were one of a man who was clearly under pressure.

  • Comment number 3.

    You point out that Wednesday haven't won a league game since Mandaric took over - perhaps he's the problem, not the manager....

  • Comment number 4.

    First of all : good decision.
    Mr Irvine as a man, that is the not the qustion. You are right: Mr Irvine as a manager is weak. He cannot decide on a plan or structure, constantly swaps his team around even if they have won previously, spends too much time analysing the opposition and talking them up strong.

    Kevin Keagan is a poor choice: he runs away, chickens out.
    Ex-players hardly work; are there any good - longer lasting - examples? I can't remember any. "Legends" rarely make good managers so calls for Hirsty, Big Ron, Megson, Carbone and the like are just romantic drivel.

    If Mr. Madaric can weave the magic, let's go for Roy Hodgson.

  • Comment number 5.

    Considering we'd not won a league game since Mandaric took over, I'm a bit surprised he gave Irvine as long as he did.

    And I hope this doesn't lead to a former legend coming in and ruining his career/reputation.

    Quite like the idea of Keegan, just for a laugh.

  • Comment number 6.

    I agree about Irvine analysing the opposition too much. You'd think we were playing Barcelona every week. Obviously don't be complacent, but don't persuade your players that they aren't good enough to beat the lower reaches of league 1. That's probably where all the players' confidence went.

    The biggest problem in the end though was the absolutley appaling defending. I've never seen so much hesitance from our back four.

  • Comment number 7.

    Well summed up - unfortunately AI couldn’t kick on at Wednesday after a harsh dismissal at PNE and it is questionable if he has what it takes to be a good no 1. Good coaches (which he undoubtedly is) don't always make good Managers but he deserves another chance. Maybe the Champ/League 1 is too high a bar.

    Unfortunately this business chews good men and managers alike and spits them out at an alarming rate - Laws and Irvine were no exception. Despite whatever people think, Wednesday are a big club, albeit one in the doldrums and the managerial position here, like at Leeds, is a tough one - hence the regular comings and goings, made all the more harder by the backdrop of debt etc. That has all gone but has been replaced by a fresh set of issues - an ambitious chairman and a demanding, frustrated fan base.

    Whoever comes in will have to deal with this - the squad is definitely good enough, though a little lopsided but the tools and environment are there and ready for the right man to come in and make a name for them.

    Big question is, can MM get the right man in? As above there are managers out there with patchy cv's and if his record is anything to go by, Irvine won't be the last man to go before the Club progresses accordingly on the pitch. Hopefully MM will look long term and look to bring someone in who can steer the club to where it once was, rather than falling away when the going gets tough as it will undoubtedly will.

  • Comment number 8.

    MM was very patient with Irvine. It's a shame it didn't work out for Irvine, he's a decent, hard-working and genuine man, but quite simply he was out of his depth with this job. His last 8 league games of 1 win, 2 draws and 5 defeats, conceding 23 goals and putting us 8 points adrift of the last play-off place sealed his fate. Sentimentality and fondness of someone wins nothing. Football is a results driven ruthless business. His over-cautious, negative and often boring tactics won few friends and his team selections were baffling. We have a very strong squad with some talented young players who should be eating this league, they are desperate for clear direction, expectation and role. They are desperate for solid guidance, instruction and leadership. We need an experienced head, a competent leader and man manager. Step forward Martin O'Neill or Roy Hodgson. We have the framework, squad, team and fans, we have the passion, support and loyaly- come on MM show either one of these two your plans and money, get one on board and watch us fly!!

  • Comment number 9.

    Good to get change now while the play-offs are still a possibility. Keegan doesn't have the hard graft needed for the lower leagues. I find it hard to believe Hodgson would be interested in taking such a dramatic step down and the "numerous promising young managers" are just the types we've taken on before (Danny Wilson, Paul Jewell, Irvine himself) - I can't see a good candidate out there.

    Except maybe Howard Wilkinson - newly unemployed but with seemingly quite a good relationship with Mandaric. Bit of a long shot?

    Irvine had the best points per game (1.44) since Trevor Francis (1.55), but then again a lot of those matches were in League One rather than the Championship. Wilkinson has the 2nd best ppg of all Wednesday managers (1.61) so maybe a good shout after all

  • Comment number 10.

    #9 Wilko lost it as a manager years ago - he was shocking at Sunderland. He did a great job both managerial and administratively but It is time to move forwards - there are good managers out there amongst the lesser ones. The challenge for MM is to find one who is big enough to take the job on.

    As to whether any of the Big Beasts would come (MoN, SA, RH) - if the money was right I'd think they could be tempted. Yes it is a drop down but Wednesday are a Prem club in all but League position and would represent a huge project for them.

    As above, the tools and environment are there for success, the squad has ability - it just needs to be brought together. Sadly AI was unable to do this and it has cost him.

  • Comment number 11.

    heavenlyowl, if you think Martin O'Neill has any chance of becoming the next Wednesday manager, you could be living in cloud cookoo land. There's talk of him being the next Manchester United boss! Hodgson is a good shout but alas, this may be too big a drop for him too. Looking at some of the names on the LMA website, Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley, Chris Hughton and Ray Wilkins are the names which stand out, but I can't see any of those dropping from where they have been in the past. More realistically, Gary Johnson or Gary Megson alas jump off the page.

  • Comment number 12.

    Really good summary of the situation

    3 - StonySaint. Obviously, the man who saved us from admin and has invested his own money including nearly a£1mill in January transfers is the problem.

    John Sheridan would be my choice, need someone with something about them.Anyone who thinks Hodgson or O'Neill will even consider it are on a different planet.

  • Comment number 13.

    I think this was probably a fair sacking, AI seemed resigned to it and didnt have any new ideas.

    Would be nice to get someone like hodgson or oneil but dont think we have a chance.

    Think curbishley would be a great appointment or maybe even Chris Hughton he fired up the newcastle squad which is what wednesday need right now

  • Comment number 14.

    You have to ask how these guys like Irvine and D Ferguson keep getting jobs. In any other industry etc....

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  • Comment number 16.

    About time really. Never felt as though results would ever improve under Irvine's reign, its been mentioned before, but after hearing the same post match interviews, week after week, about how the opposition played well and were really strong, it just gets a bit tiresome - constant buck passing. I would love to see Pearson come in, wednesday legend, former employee of Mandaric and he knows how to get out of this dire league. Surely he can't enjoy working in Hull, armpit of Yorkshire n Humber.


  • Comment number 17.

    Interestingly Gary Neville has just retired with immediate effect

    Could the 2 be linked - who knows?

    Chris Hughton may be a good bet though

  • Comment number 18.

    Afternoon. Thanks for your thoughts so far.

    boils (post 14) - that is a little harsh. Irvine has had two managerial positions, Ferguson managed at two clubs (he is on his second spell at Peterborough). That is hardly spinning the merry-go-round for all its worth.

    AndyParson (post 2) - a few Owls fans have pointed to that game as being particularly depressing. Losing 4-0 at Orient was not in the script.

    Owler (post 12) - perhaps a touch early for John Sheridan?

    There seems to be a general consensus that it was correct to dismiss Alan Irvine - and not all that much enthusiasm for Kevin Keegan.

    There is talk a new man could even be in place by Saturday. That would be very fast work. One name being linked is Paul Ince. If he does go to Wednesday what a kick in the teeth that would be for Notts County.

  • Comment number 19.

    He wasn't sacked from North End on, 29th December 2010.

  • Comment number 20.

    Sheridan surely. Doing well, on an upward curve, knows the club.

    Or maybe a leftfield option like Roland Nilson who's managing in Sweden. Again knows the club but might bring some fresh contiental ideas as the likes of Di Matteo and Poyet have in League 1 recently.

    I reckon it's also about time someone had a real go for O'Driscoll and threw some cash at it. It's a step down in the short term but Donny are punching massively above their weight at the minute and if backed he'd bring some real style to proceedings. United have signed their own championship death warrant by ignoring him for perenial failure Micky Adams.

  • Comment number 21.

    Ian Holloway would be the ideal choice. His ability matched with the resources of Sheff Wed would be an interesting proposition. It would be interesting for him to use this fine he received as his opportunity to go as his team continues to slip and he has been undermined by player power at the club, despite the fact they clung onto Adam at the 11th hour.

    However, that would mean him giving up at Blackpool when they still could stay up and he could resign the hero in May, as Phil Brown should have done with Hull in 2009.

    For me, the position needs youth, and it needs an Owls bred player who knew what it was like to play at the highest level. Mandaric can attract a name as he mixes in Celeb circles and the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as manager could be exactly what the club requires. Flamboyant, Passionate and I feel he'd have the aggression and knowledge of the game to be a success.

  • Comment number 22.

    Di Canio would be interesting (and I bet the refs would think twice)

  • Comment number 23.

    There is talk a new man could even be in place by Saturday. That would be very fast work. One name being linked is Paul Ince. If he does go to Wednesday what a kick in the teeth that would be for Notts County


    Unlikely especially with a replay at Eastlands to look forwrad to. Ince need a coupel of seasons to demonstrate success again - I don't think he will jump.

  • Comment number 24.

    16. Hull will be good payers and have a decent outside shot at the Championship play offs. With the carrott of managing in the Premiership there I couldn't see Pearson jumping ship - he also seems to get good backing in the transfer market. Hull's got the advantage of being a one club city, a modern stadium and recent premiership experience (parachute payments) so depite the obvious sleeping giant potential of Wednesday I can't see it appealing unless MM really threw money at him. It's also got some decent areas so its not as if he's living on a bomb site.

  • Comment number 25.

    Wednesday's two biggest problems over the last decade were its ridiculous finances and ownership structure (settled) and its habit of giving managers an early hook (which continues).

    For Mandaric to make a profit on this deal (and that's his goal) he needs to put both money and time in front of someone he trusts for the long run. That's what worked in Portsmouth.

    But it has to be both money and time. I think the managerial choice will show Wednesday fans just how big the Mandaric budget is.

  • Comment number 26.

    Don't mention Alan Knill, we want to keep hold of him for just a little bit longer! Let him get us into League One and keep us there before you start suggesting he could go to other clubs, I'm begging you! :(

  • Comment number 27.

    Paul Ince?

    I seriously hope not. He stole the glory at Macclesfield and MK Dons when in reality Ray Matthias was the inspiration and knowledge at both clubs. As soon as Matthias left MK Dons slumped, Ince was found out at Blackburn,and quickly sacked,clearly way out of his depth in terms of experience, ability and management skills. At Notts County arn't exactly racing up the league, it would be a disaster for us.

    My heart still would want O'Neill or Hodgson bit I appreciate how far fetched that is. I don't think Curbishley would move north, Hughton maybe or tempt O'Driscoll across from Donny?

  • Comment number 28.

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  • Comment number 29.

    Phil Parkinson and Gary Johnson will be interested maybe even Roy Keane.

  • Comment number 30.

    My preferences on order of people who MIGHT (not will) think about coming:-

    1. O'Driscoll
    2. Hughton
    3. Pearson
    4. Sheridan

    Keegan would be good craic and would ensure a higher profile few more games on telly etc but can't see him wanting to bother his perm to be honest.

    And in true Keegan style I would LOVE Roland Nilsson back but just can't see it.

  • Comment number 31.

    According to the grapevine down here in the South West, the talk is of Gary Johnson for the Wednesday job. He's a good man, with a very good record. You could do a lot worse...

  • Comment number 32.

    Gary Johnson, he did well at Yeovil, I remember seeing them play against Charlton (then premier league) in the FA Cup and they played them off the pitch and they received a standing ovation from both sets of supporters.

  • Comment number 33.

    Get ready for Gary Megson?

    Listen to this.............

    I'm interested in Gary Megson. Whether he gets the job, that's different," Mandaric told BBC Radio Sheffield.

    "He's top drawer and has tremendous experience. I rate Gary highly."

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  • Comment number 35.

    Sorry... I used asterisks... moment of forgetfulness. Shortened version... fans always know best... know how they want their team to play, and if SWFC have a Card School going... King Kev's your Man as the one to lead you forward.

    I just hope you don't get relegated... so that we can enjoy some League 1 Derbies next season. My Blades are on the way to meet you !!

  • Comment number 36.


    + Experienced
    - Record has as much failure as success
    + Wednesday background
    - appears to have absolutely no joie de vivre whatsoever.

    = Underwhelming.

    I see there is a shortlist of 4. Barry and Paul Chuckle are obvious candidates so I wonder who the fourth is?

  • Comment number 37.

    Wednesday fans like confident, larger than life managers who can inject a bit of confidence into the team. We need somebody who can bring back the feelgood factor.

  • Comment number 38.

    Why has no one mentioned Jose? I hear he's unsettled in Madrid. Im just saying!

  • Comment number 39.

    Much as i liked Megson as a player, his managerial record is not particularly strong. It would be a shame if he took the job only to be turfed out a few months later.

  • Comment number 40.

    I just listened to the same interview on radio Sheffield Paul. Milan was only responding to a question. The way I understood what he was saying, he seemed to distance himself from Megson. He may be on a short list of 4 but I really don't think he will be our next manager or at least I seriously hope not. We at Hillsborough are in desperate need of points and to start climbing back up the league but if Milan really wanted to get the fans on side he would appreciate that we want it done with some quality entertaining football. He's been in long enough now to understand what would please the fans. If he gets a fairly big name in who likes to get the ball down and play the fans would come back in their thousands.

    Names like Megson, Keane etc would only be a sideways step. The likes of Sheridan, Hoddle AND Keegan are what we want. Hodgson would be lovely ta.

    Please Milan, give us someone special

  • Comment number 41.

    Wednesday won 6-2 days before Mandaric took over and haven't won since - perhaps there is a connection!

    How on earth can it make sense to encourage a Manager to go out and buy the players HE wants and then sack him days later. If Mandaric thought he was the wrong man for the job he should have sacked him before the transfer window not just after.


  • Comment number 42.

    41- The timing's hardly ideal I agree, but I get the impression that Mandaric wanted to stick with Irvine initally, but results during January dictated that he had to go.

    Some of the other suggestions here are ludicrous; there's absolutely no chance the like of O'Neill, Hodgson, Pearson, Holloway etc would come to Hillsborough at the moment, I think we need to have more realistic expectations. Out of the names going round, I would prefer O'Driscoll, Sheridan, Nilsson, Di Canio or Gary Johnson. Not Megson anyway.

  • Comment number 43.

    @14 - Not really. Sometimes its not what you now but who you know nowadays.

    @36 - Aren't the Chuckle Brothers Rotherham fans though? Mind you they play in Sheffield now. I would love it to be Sheridan but its looking increasingly like Megson, sadly...

    Its bizarre that since Milan took over the defence has just fallen apart.

  • Comment number 44.

    @ 43 - I think they're on the Rotherham board, but given Milan's polyclubus past I doubt this is an obstacle. I was rather suggesting the mulleted duo for their powers of co-ordination and general sense of style. But we do need a moustachioed manager. Bring in Big Sam and Little Sam (which I think I'm right in saying was the name of his moustache)

    Who needs Mourhino, we've got Moustacio... we could sing.

  • Comment number 45.

    Firstly I am a Stoke fan with a soft spot for Wednesday because it is a proper club. And Megson is a proper manager. He is getting a bad press here but he would definitely move SWFC up to Championship and maybe Prem but it would not be pretty. Grinding out results. As someone said no "joie de vivre". So it comes down to what you want. Perhaps in 3-4 years of old Div3 you might change your mind?

    Tony Pulis has v little joie de vivre and you really can get to love it.

  • Comment number 46.

    As a Leeds fan I feel Wendys' pain. They were expected to go straight back up, but it's not that easy with no money. Any league you find yourselves in is for a reason - as Sheff Utd might be finding out soon.

    Megson will be a good signing if he's brought in, and I reckon he'll do a job there.

    The big Sheffield club should be at least giving us a game in the Championship, if not the Premiership and I'm sure you'll be back in a year or 2.

    It was nice to see you go down, I must admit; but as a football fan, the bigger clubs only do the game good when playing at their proper level.

    All the best.

  • Comment number 47.

    Sheridan would be a great choice for manager, after the next one.
    Chesterfield have had a habit over the last few seasons of looking like certs for promotion then throwing it away after Christmas. If he can keep them going & get them promoted (and the signs are positive), he'll have proved he can handle the challenge.

  • Comment number 48.

    Wednesday, simply put, need a no-nonsense and confident manager who will give the players a boot up the backside, remind them who they are, and remind them who they play for.

    It's already been said that they have probably the best squad in the division, so they need a boss who will tell them that. Their form suggests low confidence, which is unacceptable as far as they are concerned.

    As a Blackburn fan, it reminds of that horrendous first season after relegation in 1999/00, where we had the best players in the division (on paper, not form) but ended up withering and ended up as a platform for another team to go up (ironically, 'that team' was Man City. Go figure). Anyway, we needed someone like Souness to get the team running and get us established in the top flight. This is another example of players at a hurt big club feeling sorry for themselves. They need tough love.

    The likes of Megson, despite his lack of finesse, or Sheridan, despite a lack of experience in the top two leagues, would fit the bill. Plus both have played for the club and know it's significance.

  • Comment number 49.

    Imagine the scene if John Sheridan takes over.

    Despite having only a handful of years experience under his belt, he wins his first few games and we manage to get into the playoffs. We lose in the playoffs and then next season drop off and are in the same situation we are now. The fans start calling for his head, wanting him out, abusing him on messageboards. He gets sacked and is labelled a failure.

    This senario may not happen but it did with Turner and Wilson - who had around the same amount of experience as Shez. And one of the club's remaining legends is remembered for a 4-1 home defeat to Rotherham or Wycombe instead of being one of the greatest players ever in blue and white. I don't want that.

    Also the suggestions about Holloway are a little short-sighted. He has a job for life at Blackpool, who love it or hate it, are a far bigger club than Wednesday at the moment. Plus he took Leicester down and Milan won't excatly be keen to work with him, even if by some miracle he was available.

    Megson may not be everyone's choice but he will get us organised, be ready to be angry at players and not be 'bitterly dissapointed' like Irvine after a defeat. I think he can get us up. Not to the Premiership perhaps but out of League One. Plus he goes to all the games so he knows the players already. Sturrock's style wasn't great but it got us up - that's all what matters.

  • Comment number 50.

    This is an ideal role for Roy keane to show what he can do.

  • Comment number 51.

    Please not Roy Keane, look at what he did at ipswich with money, no thanks

  • Comment number 52.

    look at what he did at Sunderland.

  • Comment number 53.

    14. At 4:16pm on 03 Feb 2011, boils wrote:
    You have to ask how these guys like Irvine and D Ferguson keep getting jobs. In any other industry etc....


    Irvine and Ferguson are both with/or in Irvine's case recently left there second club....

    I couldn't agree more that there is a somewhat stagnant nature about the football management merry go round and that the same old faces do seem to crop up (Gary Megson being one of them!!) but to use these two as an example is poor.

    I would love to see young coaches - as opposed to ex-players - getting jobs, this in particular is a massive source of frustration, especially when they are allowed jobs without the so called 'needed qualifications' i.e. coaching badges

  • Comment number 54.

    Wednesday are trying to emulate the bigger clubs in League 1 (Southampton,Charlton etc)
    Changing the manager wont help, Mandaric now has a new toy to play with.

  • Comment number 55.

    Megson was a joke at Bolton.

    But at Shef Wed - and League 1 - he is the ideal bloke for the job!

    Good call by Mandaric. And lucky that the two met up a few days ago and decided to bury the hatchet...

  • Comment number 56.

    54. At 5:36pm on 04 Feb 2011, SwindonLad wrote:
    Wednesday are trying to emulate the bigger clubs in League 1 (Southampton,Charlton etc)
    Changing the manager wont help, Mandaric now has a new toy to play with.
    We are sheffield wednesday, we do not emulate either of these teams (bigger?), thanks.
    While "excited" wouldn't be to adjective for the appointment of the ginger one, hopefully he will get us winning, and if it's going to take us a scrappy manager to get us out of here, then so be it. I'm preparing myself for a boring afternoon at the game but who knows, i might be surprised!

  • Comment number 57.

    I wish Mandaric had bought my club! I know he's got a reputation for being trigger happy when sacking managers but he does put his money where his mouth is. We've got a board where 3 hold all the power and whilst they claim we've gto one of the highest wage bills in the league we've not had proper investment in the squad and now we have League 2 staring us right in the face. The only good thing about that is we'll have a couple of derby games at Cheltenham and Hereford to look forward to next season.

    Regarding Alan Irvine he did well for a while at Preston and I thought he did well with Wednesday last season but as it is in the case of football these days managers aren't given the time to see if they can turn things around. It won't be too long before he's back in management.

  • Comment number 58.

    Why the surprise? It was well known that Gary Megson was on standby to take over at Wednesday a couple of weeks ago!

  • Comment number 59.

    i would like to see someone who loves the club take the position hirsty for me would be a great choice ,he has been with us for donkeys years and is owls through and through ,and i doubt there is many out there who would really put all there efforts into the club and with hirst it would not be about the money

  • Comment number 60.

    Head in the clouds if you think good managers like O'Driscoll will give up their comfy Championship jobs to take up a position with Mandaric's crosshairs hovering the whole time.


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