He told the Sunday Telegraph: "I had an idea in my head about Nic but the things that have been said about him are far removed from the truth," Megson said. ''He's a terrific bloke. He is great in the dressing room. He's not loud. He is not sulky. He is not lazy. He is nothing like he has been portrayed.
''As for Diouf, if every club had a Dioufy it would be a livelier and better place. He wants to win and gives it everything he's got."