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Megson: Mega rich owners think money can buy success

Bolton boss Gary Megson feels football's mega-rich owners are naive if they think money automatically leads to success. Megson feels the axe that fell on Manchester City counterpart Mark Hughes underlined the impatience that runs rife through modern-day football, with owners like City's Sheikh Mansour demanding impossible standards simply because of the millions of pounds they have lavished on players.

"It (Hughes' sacking) didn't surprise me because nothing ever does surprise you in football," remarked Megson. "They were doing okay, people were talking about it taking a while for everything to bed down, and then he was not given a while.

"I think it's just purely and simply the nature of football in general, and the Premier League in particular.

"These people (the owners) when they put their money in, a draw away from home at Bolton or Birmingham, isn't an acceptable thing any more.

"It's as if the opposition doesn't exist, and just because you've spent a huge amount of money, you can plough on regardless and you are going to beat everybody.

"But it doesn't work like that."

Naturally, Megson joined in the chorus of sympathy for Hughes, adding: "I feel really sorry for Mark and the rest of the staff like Mark Bowen.

"I'm really saddened by it."

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