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Day: September 13, 2011

The Ice Gets Thinner For Gary Megson At Sheffield Wednesday

It could have been worse, believe it or not. Four goals down with five minutes left to play of the first half, five down mid-way through the second. Eventually, though, Sheffield Wednesday managed a consolation goal and pegged their opposition down to a five to one score-line, but this doesn’t mask the fact that Gary Megson is now skating on thin ice as the manager of a club which continues to loll around in League One and, on the basis of this evening’s performance, seems unlikely to improve upon this at any point in the immediate future unless the manager can turn around a dismal early season run of form. Perhaps the bitterest irony of this evening was, for the supporters of Sheffield Wednesday, the opposition that tore them to shreds so effectively. It already seems difficult to believe that, a little more than two years ago, Stevenage FC were called Stevenage Borough FC and were a non-league club. Unlovable though their manager, Graham Westley is, there can be little doubting the enormous progress that the club has made in the time since then, but it can take a while for most of our mental crib sheets to catch up with such information and perhaps this evening, for the supporters of Sheffield Wednesday, was a reminder – some might even argue yet another reminder – of how far the...

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Stockport County Take-Over Stalls Over A Lack Of Detail

Stockport County entertain Grimsby Town at Edgeley Park in the Blue Square Premier on Saturday in a match which hints at the extent to which the fortunes of clubs can wax and wane over a period of time. Ten years ago, both clubs were in what we now know as the Championship. They start this evening as non-league clubs, and not exceptionally successful ones on the basis of their starts to the season. Grimsby Town found last season that this division was tougher than they might have anticipated it being and this season has been little better, while Stockport, who had started the season optimistic that a quick return to the Football League might be on the cards after several seasons in the doldrums, are learning a similarly tough lesson. The two clubs will kick off ┬áin fifteenth and sixteenth place in the table, and may even have cause to look at the top ten of the league table and wonder how it come to pass that they would ever get to be below the likes of Gateshead, Braintree Town and Tamworth. For the home side, though, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that whatever happens on the pitch tonight will be upstaged by what is going on in the club’s boardroom at the moment. We covered the ongoing sense of unease at Edgeley Park a couple of...

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