Monk makes way as Owls look for new manager

Last updated : 09 November 2020 By Chris Morris

Wednesday part company with management team

Sheffield Wednesday have today announced that the club has terminated the contract of manager Garry Monk with immediate effect.

Monk has been in charge of the first team at Hillsborough since September 2019 and just last week club owner Dejphon Chansiri stated that the manager had his backing, for now.

The former Owls loan defender got off to a good start last year and on Christmas day 2019, with half of the season completed, Wednesday sat in 3rd place in the Championship. The second half of the season was little short of a disaster with Wednesday picking up just 17 points from their final 23 matches to finish in 16th place.

Monk had to work with a back drop of off-field issues. Soon after last season finished Wednesday were hit with a 12-point deduction for breaching league financial regulations with the penalty to be applied at the start of this season. That obviously had an impact of the ability to attract players to the club during the summer transfer window.

Wednesday started this season well, picking up 4 points from their first two fixtures. Since then however they have managed to collect just 8 points from the last 9 games, which included a 4-game losing streak. The Owls have failed to score in 6 of their 11 league games this season and have not scored more than 1 goal in a home game since early December 2019, winning just twice at Hillsborough so far this year.

The statement made by the club also referred to the fact that Monk’s coaching staff have also had their contracts terminated. This seemingly means that James Beattie, Andrew Hughes and Darryl Flahaven, who all only joined the club this summer, have departed.

 

Monk leaves having managed the club for 58 games with a record of 18 wins, 15 draws and 25 losses, resulting in a win percentage of just 31%, which drops to 29% when factoring out cup matches.