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Megson on his way out?

The Mirror quotes GM as saying.....

'People seem to think we've spent a lot over the summer but when you
analyse it, that hasn't really been the case. Our spending has been
in the region of £7 million, on the face of it that's a lot of money
but not when you view it in the context of what other clubs have been
doing'

The Mirror says that key board figures believe Megson is hoping to be
sacked with a lucrative payoff, allowing him to manager another club,
but that the board will avoid making a payment by insisting that by
criticising Peace and the hierarchy in the media, Megson breached his
contract

It says board members were embarrased and amazed at revelations in
yesterdays media (presumably they're suggesting Megson leaked them)
and a 'board insider' said...'We're all amazed at how Gary rewrites
history to suit his own agenda.....what he forgets is that he's been
supported by this club every step of the way....that is especially
the case this summer when he's been given a massive budget'

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Peace jets from one storm to another
By Martin Swain
Sep 11, 2004, 12:50


Jeremy Peace escaped the hurricane pounding Jamaica yesterday to return to
England and confront the storm encircling the Hawthorns.

The Albion chairman made it back from a short Caribbean break by the skin of
his teeth when he caught the last plane out of the hurricane-hit West Indian
island before flights were cancelled.

But the trouble brewing around the Hawthorns provides no let-up for the
chairman whose broken relationship with manager Gary Megson has become
football's worst-kept secret.

For the first time since the row erupted in public this week, the two men
were meeting today at Albion's Premiership match at Liverpool.

But the confrontation will be played out for real at a hastily-convened
board meeting next week when the future of Megson, who is in the final year
of his current contract and has yet to be offered a new deal, will be
decided.

Peace refused to pour petrol on the fire today as he caught a cab to Anfield
from his London home.

"I think I have said that Gary's contractual position will be discussed in
private and not through the media and that continues to be the position,"
said Peace.

The Express & Star's revelation this week that the manager has not yet been
offered a further deal sparked a new civil war at the club.

The temperature rose another couple of notches when a source described as a
"board insider" today turned the fire on Megson.

The manager was accused of "re-writing history to support his own agenda"
and was taken to task for pleading poverty over transfer dealings in a
summer of record spending.

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'A club spokesman said 'there is no emergency board meeting planned.
The chairman has stataed his position on Gary's contract. Any
negotiations will not be carried out in public

But Peace refused to confirm megson's position at the club when
contacted last night. Megson believes there is now a whispering
campaign against him

The club who recently signed Wales hot shot Robert Earnshaw have
clashewd with Megson about a series of issues, most notably about the
running of the club and who does what

Thje baggies, knowing that their managaer will not shirk a
confrontation, have formulated plans in the event of Megson's exit

Last season the club had lined up Paul Sturrock befiore he left
Plymouth for Southampton - he is available again. More recently, they
have eyed up Mark Hughes

Unless both sides receive the assurances they crave, then the four
and a half year love affair Megson has shared with the Albion will
come to an end'

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They have to be kidding Paul Sturrock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Todays Sunday Mirror has

'Sir Bobby Robson and Bryan Robson, tipped as a possible new
management team at Albion, were in the Anfield stand'

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Rumour going round that he could be out by end of the week.

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They have to be kidding Paul Sturrock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I can't believe Megson's moaning about ONLY having 7 million to spend, I can only dream of the day when we will be spending that much again.

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Megson's £500k pay-off
By CHRIS MOORE

WEST BROM will have to pay Gary Megson only £500,000 compensation if
they sack him.

The Baggies boss insists he will NOT resign - but knows he is on the
brink after nearly four years in charge.

Yet chairman Jeremy Peace wants his manager to quit so he can avoid
paying ANY compensation.

Peace has undermined Megson for the last 12 months and has written
two letters warning him of his conduct.

He also failed to pay promotion bonuses to back-room staff.

Last night a source close to the club fumed: "The chairman quite
clearly has his own agenda and I can't believe the way Gary is being
treated.

"Gary needs to be given the respect he deserves and the chairman
needs to put up or shut up. He ought to be brave enough and come out
to do whatever he feels he needs to do."

Megson is on borrowed time at Albion and could be given the bullet if
they fail to beat Fulham this weekend.

His position was made more untenable following the bust-up between
Thomas Gaardsoe and coach Adie Stovell after Saturday's 3-0 defeat at
Liverpool.

Albion are reluctant to pay any compensation but the complete
breakdown in the relationship between Megson and Peace is certain to
end in the manager's dismissal.

Crucially, Megson was in contact with the League Managers'
Association last night as speculation mounted he is about to become
the third Premiership boss to be sacked this season.

LMA chief executive John Barnwell confirmed he was aware of the
deteriorating relationship between Megson and Peace. He said: "Gary
contacted me and I would say something is coming to a head quite
quickly.

"We know he's had words with the chairman and he is a bit
uncomfortable about it."

Barnwell also said the LMA have had their "finger on the pulse" over
Megson's situation for some time.

He added: "It is any club's prerogative to decide on a change of
manager.

"But sometimes when they do decide enough is enough, the next
question they ask themselves is: How much will it cost us? Can we
afford or avoid the pay-off?

"In cases like that, the clubs pick on any issue they can."

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Taxi for Megson
By SHAUN CUSTIS

THOMAS GAARDSOE sparked a West Brom bust-up by allegedly shouting: “Taxi for
Megson.”

He is said to have joked about boss Gary Megson being sacked following the
3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

Megson was still inside Anfield and did not hear the comment made on the team bus.

But one of his staff apparently did — and squirted a water bottle at Danish international defender Gaardsoe, leading to a scuffle between the pair.

Megson has been told what was supposedly said and the under-fire boss will
investigate when the players return to training this morning.

Gaardsoe denies the allegation. He told team-mates he said “taxi” — but that
it was directed at new £3million striker Robert Earnshaw, who unsuccessfully
tried a fancy trick during the Premiership defeat.

Megson confirmed: “There was no mass brawl but there was an incident. It was
broken up quickly and will be dealt with internally.”

Gaardsoe is a hero with Baggies fans — 3,000 dressed in Viking hats in his honour for the final game of last season.

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Statement by the Chairman Jeremy Peace

From the official site
It is necessary to clarify a number of issues that have been reported and
debated in parts of the media recently.
I have just returned from a holiday abroad - taken following the closing of
the transfer window and the work carried out at that time - and whilst I was
away several issues have been raised and allegations made which need to be
addressed and corrected.
1.Contrary to reports today, every employee entitled to promotion bonuses at
West Bromwich Albion has received them in a timely fashion - including Gary
Megson's back room staff.
2.Since promotion to the Premiership the Club has invested in 10 new players
at an initial cost of £9.1m which could rise to a total £11.2m if certain
performance criteria are met - not £7m as has been selectively reported.Since I
became Chairman 27 months ago, West Bromwich Albion has signed 31 players
either permanently or on loan at a total acquisition cost to date of £22.8m - a
figure I believe compares very favourably with other Clubs of our size.The
Club has been and continues to be run by the Board within the strict financial
criteria it sets.
3.There has been no Board Meeting, emergency or otherwise, since our last
scheduled monthly meeting on 2nd September which the Manager attended.Nor is
any Board Meeting planned until our next scheduled meeting at the end of the
month.
4.There were reports of a so called "crisis meeting" on Monday of this week
between Gary Megson and me.No such meeting took place.
5.I find the comments of John Barnwell, Chief Executive of the League
Managers Association, distinctly inappropriate.His reported insinuation that the
Club may wish to be rid of Gary Megson but is baulking at the cost is untrue.
6.Gary Megson is contracted to the Club until June 2005, not April as has
been selectively reported.Any alteration or extension to this contract will be
a private matter between the Club and the Manager and will be dealt with at
an appropriate time and in an appropriate manner.

Meanwhile, I stress once again that it is most important that the Club stays
united and fully focussed as the Albion works towards establishing a long
term future in the Premiership.

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With all the speculation going on at present, is it only a matter of time
before GM is shown the door, or will he get say till Xmas and be
re-evaluated then?

As we are currently in 19th position and have a worse points total than we
had at the same stage last time we were here, (and arguably played harder
teams then, Man U, Arsenal, Leeds). Will JP use this as an excuse for "its
not working".

We have a lot of new players and it will take time for them to gel (or
become fit in Contras case). Time though isn't a luxury we have, if we
don't start winning we risk being left behind. And with games against
Newcastle, Man U and Arsenal coming up, its not looking that good on the win
front. Can we afford to wait until Xmas to see if it is working be in the
same position 8 points adrift, and then ask a new manager to come in and
save us? Even Hoddle would need a direct line to the almighty to pull that
off. Would the new encumberant be any more successful.

Then there is the uncertainty about the managers future, which if affecting
the players, would surely mean that, unless GM gets a new contract, which I
think we all agree he isn't going to get, he will probably be relieved of
his duties.

Is Peace waiting till say the Bolton game and if we don't win that he will
part company?

The one thing we as fans don't like is this uncertainty hanging over the
club like a dark cloud. The brooding storm is gathering, and the tension is
mounting. Its affecting us, and if it affects the players too, we are in
trouble. The only way this storm will go is if GM's future is sorted out
finally, he stays, he goes. I don't think you would find 1 Baggie who is
not eternally grateful to GM for pulling us out of the doldrums and bringing
us this far. How far we can go from here is unknown, but this may prove a
very decisive moment in our history. If we get relegated this year we will
not only lose most of the team but probably the only manager we would want
to lead us out again. Relegation this season could set the club back years.

I just want this whole affair sorted one way or the other and move on.

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Well congratulations to Colchester.

We were rubbish tonight.

I hope this speeds things along and GM is kicked out of the club.
The players have not a care to play for him.
Also he leaves an international captain on the bench *shakes head*
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Megson has two games to save job

Adrian Milledge and Jon Brodkin
Thursday September 23, 2004
The Guardian

The West Bromwich Albion manager Gary Megson is understood to have two
matches left to save his job following defeat by Colchester United in
the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.
Jeremy Peace, the club's chairman, has been keen to replace Megson for
some time - his desire increasing as the relationship with his manager
has deteriorated. The pair have been at loggerheads for more than 18 months.

Despite being given £10m to spend on new players following the club's
promotion to the Premiership in May, Megson became frustrated by the
time it took Peace to complete signings. The delays are understood to
have been aggravated by Peace's refusal to involve agents.

Megson, who no longer uses his office at The Hawthorns and operates from
the training ground, is also disgruntled that no moves have been made to
extend his contract, which expires next summer.

Peace, on the other hand, is unhappy with Megson's man management. He is
also in agreement with his predecessor Paul Thompson that Megson's
scouting system is inefficient. It was a fall-out between Megson and
Thompson that allowed Peace to take control two years ago.

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Moore dismisses rift

West Brom club skipper Darren Moore has insisted there is "no rift''
in the dressing room as speculation mounts over manager Gary Megson.

Moore dismissed reports that there is a split in the camp between
the older players and the clutch of new signings brought in by
Megson this summer.

And he stressed the importance of Megson, who is in the final year
of his contract, remaining at the helm amidst claims of a rift with
chairman Jeremy Peace.

Moore said: "I'd love to clear things up. There is this speculation
about unrest in the dressing room. I can say as club captain and as
a player that there is no unrest.

"Let me repeat again, there is no unrest in the dressing room at
West Brom. The dressing room is as united as it is ever going to be.

"Where this speculation has come from, I don't know. I am sorry if
it is not going to sell papers but I am here to speak honestly from
my heart and just say there is no unrest in the dressing room.''

Moore insisted: "The players are 100% behind the gaffer. Since he
took over four years ago, there has been nothing but success at the
football club.

"If you look back to where we were when he took over (21st in the
old First Division) and to where we are now, you can't do anything
but take your hats off to him.

"He has installed that winning mentality in the club and if we are
not happy it is because we are not winning. We want to win games. If
that's a bad thing then I'm sorry but we are not happy because we
are not winning.

"Should he stay as manager? We've got the utmost respect for the
gaffer. We believe as a group of players that the gaffer is the man
to keep the success going at the football club."

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Moore: Players are laughing off reports
By Oliver Bhurrut

DARREN Moore has dismissed reports of dressing room splits at Albion by insisting: "The players are just laughing it off."

The Baggies club captain, who has so far been restricted to three Premiership substitute appearances, is also adamant the players are right behind Gary Megson.

And Moore, the fifth-longest serving member of the current squad, said: "I just want to end all this speculation now.

"As club captain and as a player I can say there is no animosity or conflict between the players, or between the players and manager. Everything is fine at West Brom.

"If you look at the success the gaffer has brought over the last four seasons, it is absolutely second to none.

"I'm speaking on behalf of all the players when I say everything is fine in the dressing room.

"The new boys have been welcomed with open arms by everyone here. They have added to the squad. It's a better squad now and a new team.

"We are gelling well together and working hard. Everything is as it should be.

"Whatever some sections of the press are saying I can tell you here and now they are far from the truth.

"We are just focused on getting results for West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

"That is what we have always focused our minds on, and nothing has changed.

"The mentality the manager has instilled in us is to get results each season. This season is no different.

"We are working as hard for the gaffer as ever. All this unrest people are trying to create is crazy."

Moore stressed the Baggies camp is as united as it has ever has been and Megson's troops are determined to bounce back from Tuesday's Carling Cup exit at League One outfit Colchester.

"We are not going to let one bad result destroy the empire we are building here," the giant defender added.

"You can rest assured we are sticking together and will come out fighting.

"The fact I am saying everything is fine means no-one has to speculate or second guess what's going on anymore.

"The players are just laughing all these stories off. They are just ludicrous. Everything is being blown way out of proportion.

"We are a football team, we are all team-mates and are trying to battle and carry the club forward.

"But it's important that moles outside the club are not allowed to break what we have here, what we have had season after season.

"People are trying to nibble away at that, but they are so far from the truth. I'm sorry to disappoint them but everything really is fine here."

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Megson hails players' "honesty"
By Oliver Bhurrut

GARY Megson has hailed his players' "honesty" ahead of Saturday's trip to
Newcastle (ko 3pm) as 19th-placed Albion look to climb the table.

The Baggies manager rubbished morning (Thursday) reports of dressing room unrest as he highlighted his troops' unity against Fulham in last weekend's 1-1 draw.

And he is convinced his new-look side is not far away from punching their weight in the Premiership.

"The dressing room was the best I've known it just a short while ago - it was really, really good in terms of desire and togetherness.


"You're never going to get all 34 players thinking life is fantastic and you have to cope with that.

"But you can't get performances and honesty like we got against Fulham without that.

"As a manager I only want to win games and the rest of it I don't give a monkeys about.

"It's a side show to the main event which is West Brom playing matches in the Premiership.

"We want to win these games. We know it's difficult but the team is a decent one and we've got a lot of hard-working, honest lads out there.

"We're making one or two mistakes which are costing us and at times have been our own worst enemy but I'm looking at it and saying that's not bad.

"All the things that are going on on the outside should stay there and as a manager you have to deal with it. You can't run away from it and pretend it's not going on.

"The only way you can deal with it is by working and talking with the players and trying to get performances out of them.

"That's what we intend to do."

Although the Hawthorns manager is well aware the Baggies face a tough task at St James' Park he is hoping his men continue where they left off in the Premiership against the Cottagers.

"People said to me last week that it was a fantastic time for Fulham to be playing West Brom and within two minutes of the game I'm snot sure everyone would have said the same," Megson added.

"The crowd were unbelievable and the players really tore into Fulham. I was disappointed not to be two up ay half-time.

"Everything was there that you could wish for apart from coming off with three points.

"Even to the point of shooting ourselves in the foot to go 1-0 down we still kept going.

"The opportunity was there for the crowd to maybe start bitching a little bit but they didn't take it and still supported the team - great credit goes to them for that.

"There was the opportunity for the players to feel sorry for themselves and think it wasn't their day but they didn't, kept going and got a fully deserved point.

"I came off, like I did against Aston Villa, that it was two points lost.

"The players were fantastic.

"I've felt we're not far away all season."

Tuesday's Carling Cup humbling at Colchester left Albion still searching for their first win of the season.

And while the Baggies manager admitted there was pressure to get a result he shrugged it off as being part of the job.

"I've been a manager for around eight or nine years and at West Brom for over 200 games," he said.

"You have to deal with pressure.

"I think Sir Alex Ferguson said there is confrontation around the corner everyday.

"It is in varying degrees and as a manager you have to accept that there are certain things that go on that make your life more difficult.

"But if you can't accept that, you're not going to get very far and you're in the wrong job."

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MEGSON BACKED TO LEAVE BAGGIES
West Brom and Gary Megson look increasingly likely to part company after Bet365 suspended betting on the next Premiership boss to leave his post.

Megson has endured a fraught relationship with chairman Jeremy Peace and is known to be under pressure after the Baggies' shock Carling Cup defeat to Colchester on Tuesday night.

And the betting markets certainly reflect that perception with Bet365 making him 4/6 to leave the club before the end of the season.

Spokesman Steve Freeth revealed, "We've suspended betting on the next Premiership manager to go because all the money has been for Megson.

"Albion haven't won a game since April and it's obvious that the manager and chairman don't get on.

"According to reports there is also disharmony in the dressing room and Megson has just two games to save his job.

"With the exception of Darren Moore, Albion didn't look interested at Colchester and you'd have to say that even Houdini would struggle to get out of this situation."

William Hill have not yet suspended betting but have installed Megson as 11/10 favourite.

Kevin Keegan is now second favourite at 5/2 while Hills also offer 10/1 that no more managers depart before the end of the season, 12/1 that David Moyes is the next to go and 20/1 bar.

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Rumour has it that if we fail to beat Bolton on Saturday, GM's cards are marked and he'll be shown the door.

John Gregory appears to be favourite at the moment to replace him.


why? what have we done to deserve this.

The last two Villa managers to take over Saunders and Little did more damage to the club that good.

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JEREMY Peace has rubbished newspaper reports suggesting the club have
offered Gary Megson's job to Sir Bobby Robson.

The Albion chairman said: "I have had absolutely no contact with Sir Bobby,
nor has Gary Megson's job been offered to anyone else.

"The whole suggestion is preposterous.

"I just wish certain media sources would stop issuing such inaccurate and
mischievous stories and allow West Bromwich Albion to get on with what is a
very important season for us."

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Chairman and manager plan for future
JEREMY Peace met with manager Gary Megson this afternoon to continue planning for the future and reassure him over morning newspaper reports.

The Albion chairman said: "It was one of a number of regular meetings we hold to discuss ways to take the club forward.

"Among other things, we discussed the squad, suspensions and injuries as we look to strengthen the team in the next transfer window.

"In addition, after all the speculation in this morning's papers, I reassured Gary that we have not offered his job to anybody.

"We're aiming to build a platform for long-term Premiership football at this club.

"We have spent a lot of time, effort and money this summer bringing in targets identified by Gary and we believe both the coaching and playing staff can take this club forward.

"Football is driven by results - as everyone, including Gary, is aware - and it is vital the whole club stays united and fully focussed as we work towards our collective goal. That is securing top flight football not just for next season but for the foreseeable future - starting with tomorrow's game against Bolton.

"Gary is contracted to the club until June 2005, as are almost half of our playing squad. Any alterations or extensions to these contracts will remain a private matter between those individuals and the club and will be dealt with at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner."

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