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Neil Mellor claims one former SWFC player was ‘like Bale’ in training under Gary Megson

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Speaking on the Wednesday Til I Die Podcast, ex-Owls loanee Neil Mellor has been speaking about his time working with Gary Megson at Sheffield Wednesday.

Megson took over at Hillsborough halfway through Mellor’s time with the club, and he’s shared a very interesting anecdote about the early days under Megson.

Mellor claims that Megson immediately changed the system at Wednesday, stating that Daniel Jones looked like Gareth Bale in training under the new gaffer.

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“Yeah, Gary Megson, he was at Wednesday when my Dad was there. He’d been appointed on the Friday so we were thinking, right we’ve got a new manager, and he came down to the dressing room on the Saturday and said ‘right lads, I’m the new manager, see you Monday, best of luck today,’” Mellor said.

“Five minutes into the game we’re 1-0 down at Hillsborough to MK Dons, Megson appears on the touchline and dismisses Rob Kelly and says ‘I’m in charge now’. He put me on at half-time, and I scored and we drew 2-2, so I’m thinking he’s definitely playing me in the next game, and he did.

“On the Friday he changed the system to a 3-5-2, and we played a practice game and just with ourselves. Honestly, we were like Brazil. I’ll tell you someone, Daniel Jones down that left-wing, he was like Bale in training, crossing balls in and I was scoring. I’m thinking Rochdale are going to get battered tomorrow, but in the first-half we didn’t even get a kick.”

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Is there a more Gary Megson story than sacking the interim boss five minutes into a game?

It’s interesting to note that Mellor says Jones was like Gareth Bale in training, but sadly, he didn’t seem to reach those same heights in matches.

The Megson era was certainly an interesting one, and Wednesday could certainly do with a couple of players like Jones and Mellor right now.

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