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LMAO!!

Just wondering if he does get the boot, who is there to take over???

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oh what a shame

I want Strachan but we'll probably end up with Hoddle.

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oh what a shame

I want Strachan but we'll probably end up with Hoddle.
Oh yeah forgot about Strachan, perfect man for the job.

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Gaardsoe explains Baggies row
by Jostein Jensen - Last Updated 1 Oct 2004

Thomas Gaardsoe claims West Brom asked him if assistant manager Frank Burrows should be sacked after their recent bust-up.

The Danish defender and Burrows were involved in a confrontation after The Baggies' 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in September.

Burrows squirted a water bottle at Gaardsoe after misunderstanding a joke made by the 24-year-old regarding under-fire boss Gary Megson.

Gaardsoe insists Burrows mis-interpreted his comments which hinted at Megson's Hawthorns reign being close to a conclusion.

Though the incident was eventually resolved, Gaardsoe has revealed the Premiership outfit asked him whether he wanted Burrows to be dismissed for his involvement in the row.

"That should never have been my task," Gaardsoe told Ritzau. "The club should take care of that on their own.

"He thought I talked disparagingly about our manager. He thought I had said taxi for Megson - in other words, a one-way ticket out for manager Gary Megson.

"Assistants know that if the manager is sacked, they go to. So that got him to lose his mind and he yelled at me, so I yelled back.

"He continued with that in to the bus until he threw a water bottle at me.

"All of a sudden he went straight for my head and gave me one, until some players managed to stop it."

Gaardsoe, who did not play in the game against Liverpool, is now looking to put the matter behind him.

He added: "It's a closed chapter now. I'm professional enough to continue my work."

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From the News of the World.....how about this then?!

Gary Megson was night under pressure to quit West Brom after an astonishing attack from one of his troops. Adrian Mutu's Romania team-mate Cosmin Contra blasted Megs for bringing him to the Hawthorns from Atletico Madrid on a seasons loan- and then completely ignoring him. Contra raged: "I am very disappointed. Megson refuses to give me a chance. What was the point in signing me? "I can't believe he won't give me the opportunity to play in thr first team and it is even harder because he won't talk to me. "I am trying to understand exactly who wanted me to come to West Brom. "Not a single person has told me what is happening or asked my feelings on the current situation. I want to leave"

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Sakiri heads for the exit
West Brom midfielder Artim Sakiri has admitted that he is frustrated by a
lack of first-team opportunities at The Hawthorns.

The 31-year-old FYR Macedonia international has yet to feature this term for
the Baggies and is considering a move away from the club to gain regular
first-team football.

Sakiri confirmed: "From the first day at West Brom, Gary Megson was always
saying to me that I have the qualities to play in the Premiership.

"I still believe in his words, but it is clear that I am not figuring in his
plans at the moment.

"If my position doesn't change before the winter, I hope that the club will
loan me somewhere until the end of the season so that I can play.

"It would be pointless for me to stay at West Brom until June if I am not
even on the bench.

"Sakiri joined Albion in the summer of 2003 from Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia,
but has made just nine starts for the Baggies since then.

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Megson has to take blame for Albion failings




Oct 25 2004



Chief Football Writer Hyder Jawad Says The Buck Stops With The Boss, Despite His Protests


The time has come for those with a vested interest in the future of West Bromwich Albion to ask themselves if their concerns are best served by having Gary Megson as manager. His unhelpful comments after the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday suggest a man who is looking to blame everybody but himself for his own deficiencies and delusions. After a week of first-team training sessions that, in his words, lacked "endeavour and effort", Megson finds that his position is untenable and that Albion would benefit by his departure. It is a shame. He has amassed the best collection of players seen at The Hawthorns since the days of Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham and, in doing so, gave hope that Premiership security was probable. However, whereas Regis and Cunningham benefited from good management and were encouraged to express themselves, the present squad are struggling under the weight of Megson's autocratic and laughable style. No wonder training sessions have become a joke. Do not take my word for it. Listen to what Megson said. "You try to do your business properly but last Monday, Alan Crawford [first-team coach] had to tell seven players to train properly," Megson said. "On Tuesday, I was going bananas because training was not right and the players were just sauntering about as if the world owed them a living. "I gave them Wednesday off but then on Thursday it was exactly the same as earlier in the week. I scrapped training after only 20 minutes because the endeavour and effort just was not there." Surprised? Do not be; it gets worse. Megson is becoming like another, more famous person who boasts similarly dictatorial predilections. As the American presidential election nears its conclusion, jokes abound about how George W Bush, when asked in a television debate, refused to admit to making any mistakes. Such a trait is no laughing matter because Megson seems to have developed the same attitude to those with whom he works. When Megson falls out with the Albion chairmen, it is not his fault, it is theirs. When the players fail to produce the goods on the pitch, it is not his fault, it is theirs. When former players express their distaste at his methods, it is not his fault, it is theirs. When journalists criticise tactics and team selection, it is not his fault, it is theirs. Alas, mea culpa is not part of Megson's vocabulary. Just consider his quotes after the match against Palace. Nowhere does he acknowledge that it was he who signed the players, that it is he who selects the team, that it is he who organises training and that it is he who is largely responsible for the atmosphere within the dressing room. Nowhere does he admit that, just possibly, he might have made the odd significant error of judgment. Nowhere does he admit that his Machiavellian attitude has weakened the foundations of Albion and threatened its estimable reputation. The players, most of whom have sweated blood for Megson, deserve better than to read what their manager said of them after the game at Selhurst Park on Saturday.


That performance in terms of the way of going about a football match was neglectful," Megson said. "Training last week was symptomatic of the game. We cannot turn it on and off like a tap and the players thought they could just turn it on from kick off. "We were soft and second to the ball all over the show. Our defenders were not reacting or talking. Our defending was scandalous. That is our worst ever performance in my time here. I cannot justify it or find any silver lining. "We have had some bad results in my 4 1 2 years here but we have always competed and given our best but [on Saturday] that was not the case. Palace showed what it is all about when their wingers were closing down our full-backs even when they were 3-0 up. "We used to do that and we have to get back to having a high tempo and closing down. The first goal we conceded would have been pathetic at any level. The players were not marking the right men and a lot of them dumped their responsibility." That may well be true but criticising the players so harsh-ly, so publicly, is not necessarily the best way with which to deal with it. The truth is that most of Albion's players are proven at Premiership or international level; Gary Megson is not.

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All's still well at the Hawthorns then

I wasn't completely convinced Megson should go from WBA before but after hearing his post match interview, the sooner the better now, someone else is needed in their and quickly before it's too late.

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From Sporting Life
Gary Megson is set to quit West Brom when his current contract runs out
according to a Birmingham radio station.

Capital Gold presenter Tom Ross, a close confidante of Megson, said the
Albion manager had intimated he would be parting company with the club next
summer.

Ross told listeners: "I have spoken with Gary Megson and he said he was
definitely leaving the club at the end of his contract."

Megson has performed wonders in his four-and-a-half years at the club,
taking them from 21st in the old First Division to twice gaining promotion
to the Premiership.

But his position has come under scrutiny with fans calling for him to quit
in radio phone-ins since Saturday's 3-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Crystal
Palace.

Megson admitted he had been concerned by the lack of effort shown by his
players in training in the build-up to the game.

He has also experienced a stormy relationship with chairman Jeremy Peace
who has so far declined to offer Megson a new contract.

There was speculation Megson was to be sacked early this season before they
collected four points from two games thanks to a win over Bolton and a draw
with Norwich.

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West Brom boss Gary Megson could decide to cut his losses and call it quits
at The Hawthorns later on Tuesday.

ITV Football understands that the former Stockport and Stoke boss will
tender his resignation after coming under increasing pressure from fans
following a poor start to the season.

The Baggies are struggling in down in 16th in the Premiership and were also
knocked out of the Carling Cup by lowly Colchester last month.

Matters were worsened over the weekend when the Midlands outfit were thumped
3-0 by fellow newboys Crystal Palace - a performance that Megson described
as their worst yet.

"There are a lot of players looking to see what West Brom can do for them
rather than the other way round," he said.

"That performance and the way of going about a football match was
unacceptable. Training last week was symptomatic of the way we played. You
can't turn it on like a tap but that is what we attempted to do.

"It was our worst performance and I don't see how we can look for any silver
lining in that cloud. That was the worst because, while we have had some
really bad results since I have been at the club, we have always given it
our best and committed.

"That wasn't the case today. Our defending was scandalous. Crystal Palace
did everything better than us."

Capital Gold presenter Tom Ross, a close confidante of Megson, also revealed
on Tuesday morning that the Baggies boss had no intention of renewing his
contract.

He said: "I spoke with Gary Megson last night (Monday night) and he said he
was definitely leaving the club at the end of his contract."

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West Brom axe manager Megson


West Bromwich Albion announced tonight they have relieved boss Gary
Megson of his duties with immediate effect.
Megson had sent a letter to the Albion board informing them he would
not be signing an extension to his current contract which expires
this summer.


Albion's board decided to accept Megson's letter as his resignation
and have installed his assistant Frank Burrows in caretaker-charge
for Saturday's visit of Chelsea.

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Megson leaves Baggies

Manager leaves immediately despite pledging to stay until next June

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Tuesday October 26, 2004


"Ah gees. What was I thinking?"
West Brom announced tonight they have relieved boss Gary Megson of his
duties with immediate effect.
Megson had sent a letter to the Albion board informing them he would not be
signing an extension to his current contract which expires this summer.
However Albion's board decided to accept Megson's letter as his resignation
and have installed his assistant Frank Burrows in caretaker-charge for
Saturday's visit of Chelsea.
An Albion statement read: "Gary Megson today informed the board of West
Bromwich Albion by letter that he wishes to leave the club at the end of his
current contract in approximately eight months' time on 30th June 2005.
"The club accepts this letter as a resignation and the board believes it is
now in the best interests of West Bromwich Albion that Gary Megson no longer
remains in charge of team affairs. As such, he has been relieved of his duties
while contractual matters are resolved.
"This is a crucial period for the club and the board regards the timing and
manner of Gary Megson's announcement as extremely unhelpful, particularly
following the team's disappointing performance at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
"Nevertheless, the board intends to move swiftly to appoint a new manager who
will be fully focused on the job of taking the club forward in the
Premiership. Until such time, Frank Burrows will act as caretaker-manager.
"The board would like to acknowledge Gary Megson's major contribution during
his term as manager and wishes him well in the future."

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I heard they want Sir Bobby as the new Manager.
One of the first good ideas I heard from WBA, although that Gera-kid is one of the positive things this season.
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Albion talk to Newcastle about Sir Bobby
By Andy Toft and Martin Swain
Oct 27, 2004, 14:45

Sir Bobby Robson today refused to be dragged into immediate speculation
linking him with the vacant manager's job at Albion.

The 71-year-old former England boss, whose playing career took him to
the Hawthorns more than 40 years ago, has NOT been offered the chance to
succeed Gary Megson as some media sources have claimed.

Sir Bobby was the subject of background enquiries between Albion
chairman Jeremy Peace and the ex-Newcastle boss's former employer,
Freddy Shepherd.

But this was no more than routine checking as Albion made it clear today
that the search for Megson's successor began with "a clean sheet of
paper".

And Sir Bobby, the subject of a rumoured dream ticket with another
Albion old boy Bryan Robson, was reluctant to be drawn into the raging
speculation when speaking exclusively to the Express & Star today.

"You're the first reporter I have spoken to about this and you will
probably be the last," he said.

"I wasn't aware that Gary Megson was about to lose his job. I have kept
out of that situation.

"But I have nothing else to say on this. I cannot comment any further."

Robson's reticence is partly driven by his compensation dispute. He was
ejected from his Ł2m a year job early in the season and his lawyers are
locked in negotiations with Shepherd.

But there seems little doubt on Tyneside among those who know Robson
well that he would love the chance of an emotional return to The
Hawthorns.

Other leading contenders were not so reluctant. Sir Bobby's old England
captain, Bryan, said: "I shall be applying. I've heard that rumour about
me and Sir Bobby but I can assure you I have not spoken to him.

"But it is definitely a job I would be interested in."

Ex-Leicester boss Mickey Adams said: "I made it clear I want to get back
into 'it' as soon as possible and this is obviously a post that would
interest me."

Ex-Villa manager John Gregory, still in the running for the Leicester
vacancy, has also made his interest known but a club source confirmed
that no-one had yet been offered the post.

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Robson plays down link

Sir Bobby Robson has rejected reports that he has been approached for
the West Brom manager's job by the Hawthorns board.

The former Newcastle United boss was instantly installed as one of the
favourites to take over from Gary Megson.

However, Robson's initial response on Wednesday morning was to play down
the likelihood of taking the job.

"At this moment in time, there is no comment to make," he stressed.

"As far as I am concerned, this is nothing more than conjecture."

Although Albion are refusing to make an official comment on the
speculation, chairman Jeremy Peace rubbished similar reports at the
start of the month and it is believed that the stories are wide of the
mark.

There will be plenty of interest in the position as The Baggies look to
preserve their Premiership status this term.

The Black Country club currently lie in 16th place in the table but they
were beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace in Megson's final game in charge.

Frank Burrows will take temporary charge for Saturday's Premiership
clash at Bolton Wanderers.

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The "it is believed that the stories are wide of the mark" part is
ironic given that it was Sky that ran the approach story in the first
place!

Mickey Adams would be a hugely unambitious appointment IMO, and I really
hope that Peace is looking at someone with a far better track record at
Premiership level and a bigger name than him. The fans need a much more
inspiring appointment than Adams.

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Duo keen on Baggies job
by Adam Marshall - Last Updated 27 Oct 2004

Bryan Robson and Micky Adams have both expressed an interest in the vacant
managerial position at West Brom.

After Sir Bobby Robson distanced himself from reports that he has been
approached to replace Gary Megson, two of the other names in the frame were
happy to admit their interest in taking over at The Hawthorns.

Bryan Robson has been linked with the post in tandem with his namesake Sir
Bobby and the two worked together at the recent Sky One event The Match.

The former Newcastle United boss made 239 appearances for West Brom between
1956 and 1962 but he has played down talk of a direct approach from the
Albion board.

However, Bryan Robson told The Express & Star: "I shall be applying. I've
heard that rumour about me and Sir Bobby but I can assure you I have not
spoken to him.

"But it is definitely a job I would be interested in."

Adams has also thrown his hat into the ring after his recent departure from
Leicester City.

"I made it clear I want to get back into it as soon as possible and this is
obviously a post that would interest me," affirmed Adams.

LMA chief executive John Barnwell has hit out at speculation regarding Sir
Bobby Robson and the West Brom position.

"Today, out of the blue, Gary Megson is no longer the West Brom manager and
immediately there's Bobby Robson's name as though he is going to walk
through the door," Barnwell told Sky Sports News.

"Bobby Robson is still negotiating with Newcastle United over the settlement
of his contract.

"So it is just people speculating and speculating very wildly with no real
evidence of the conversations.

"He is negotiating over his contract which was terminated. The negotiations
are still going on and we're optimistic that it could be settled in the very
near future.

"One would hope it would be before Christmas otherwise we would be very
upset with it."

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Megson has done at interview with Sky about his situation.

- confirmed he was on gardening leave

- wants to sort out contract situation so he can look for another job

- wanted to make his contract position clear as he believed the
uncertainty was affecting the players and day-to-day mood at the club

- Was at odds with the board on how the footballing side of the club
was being run (Coaching, Agents and Transfers no doubt)

- Admitted he had fallen out with some players at the club

- thanked the fans for their support, which he will never forget

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'Gardening leave' frustrates Megson


Gary Megson has revealed his frustration at not being allowed to look
for a new job after being put on 'gardening leave' by West Brom, who
are still his employers.
Megson says his lawyers are negotiating with the club regarding his
imminent departure, and that the Hawthorns outfit are still paying
his wages.


The former Stoke and Stockport boss was relieved of his duties
yesterday after writing a letter to the board of directors announcing
his decision not to extend his contract beyond its expiry next
summer.

And he revealed a phone call from chairman Jeremy Peace informed him
he would be placed on gardening leave, as his letter was taken as one
of resignation.

Megson said: 'I wrote a memo to the chairman and the rest of the
board just stating that at the end of my contract, June 30 next year,
I wouldn't be staying after that.

'I'm surprised but disappointed more than anything else, I wanted to
stay at West Brom and see my contract through. But it's not my
decision.

'I'm on gardening leave, I can't look for work. I've got to let the
lawyers sort out what needs to be sorted and I want to get back to
work as soon as possible,' he told Sky Sports News.

'I'm not available for any job. The chairman phoned me at 5.30
yesterday and informed me I am on gardening leave. I'm still getting
paid by the club.

'I want to manage another club and to be a success as I've done with
West Brom.'

And League Managers Association chief executive John Barnwell backed
up Megson's insistence that he had neither been sacked nor resigned.

'He's not resigned. That would mean to walk away immediately. He's
given notice and they have responded as is their prerogative by
putting him on gardening leave.'

Megson said his decision to leave - next summer, as he had intended -
was made for the good of the club as his notorious boardroom wrangles
detracted from events on the pitch.

He explained: 'I've felt for quite a few months now that all the time
what was happening with my contract and my future was starting to get
away from us and the real issues, the results, were always taking a
back seat to my personal situation and I felt it was time to come out
and say what I felt.'

But he was keen to play down talk of an unhappy relationship with
chairman Peace.

'I'm sure in any relationship a manager and chairman have
differences. I don't want to get myself a reputation as being
difficult with chairmen.

'I don't want to go into the whys and wherefores. I haven't got a
difficult relationship with anyone,' said Megson, whose differences
with previous Baggies chairman Geoff Thompson were widely known
before the latter left his post.

Ultimately, Megson admitted on-the-pitch matters were an important
factor.

'I sat down last week and tried to analyse which clubs get into
trouble at the bottom of the Premiership.

'Promoted clubs need to drag someone into (the relegation equation)
with problems off the field. I felt we were falling into both
categories and needed to sort it out.'

After taking the club into the Premiership twice during his four-year
tenure, Megson is proud of his achievements.

'I would say, though it is difficult talking about yourself, that
it's been a glowing success.

'One thing that is indicative is that when I took over we were
playing Stockport away to stay out of the old Second Division and the
game on Saturday, though I won't be there, is Chelsea at home, one of
the most talented and big name clubs in the world, let alone the
country.

'It's chalk and cheese, nothing like the club I joined.'

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