Gary Megson has been sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager, a mere 28 minutes after taking over. Megson was given the job by managing director Derek Shaw, only to be relieved of his duties by global advisor Shebby Singh, a situation that once again demonstrates the discord in Blackburn’s board room.
Megson’s appointment had not gone down well with Rovers fans. Within minutes of the news being leaked, Ewood Park was surrounded by a baying mob, brandishing pitchforks and burning effigies of the new man. “Enuf iz Enuf,” read one placard.
However, this was not the reason for his dismissal. “Gary Megson is an experienced manager, but he didn’t fit the right profile,” explained a club spokesman.
“We’ve done an extensive analysis of the situation at Blackburn and have now identified the major problem. Steve Kean, Henning Berg, Michael Appleton. They were all slap heads. We need a man with good hair. Clearly Mr Megson doesn’t match that remit. Even if he had more of the stuff, it’s the wrong colour.”
In characteristic fashion, Megson talked up his time at Ewood Park. “The place was in a mess when I arrived. We were below Derby. We didn’t lose a game or drop a single point whilst I was in charge. I’ve left them in a good place.”
The two sides will now thrash out a compensation deal over the next few days. If a compromise cannot be reached then Megson will be placed on gardening leave for the next seven years, that being the length of the contract he signed.
– Richard McCormick