Owls making progress under Monk
Sheffield Wednesday went into the October international break boosted by a 1-0 home win against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, a result that sees them well positioned in the Championship table with around a quarter of the season played.
Steve Bruce threw Wednesday's plans for the season out of the window when he walked out to join Newcastle with only a couple of weeks to go before the season kicked off. Having made pre-season preparations in terms of tactics and signings to take the club forward, the Owls were left somewhat in limbo as Bruce and two of his coaches headed off to the North East.
Not for the first time, Lee Bullen stepped in and steadied the ship in the short-term but after a run of 3 league defeats in 4 it became evident that a clear approach was needed. Garry Monk was appointed as manager in the previous international break and has guided the team to 10 points from his first 5 league matches at the helm.
Wednesday currently sit in 8th place in the Championship table, just 1 point behind the top 6 and 3 points off top spot. With no teams looking like running away with the league at the stage, the division appears as open and competitive as ever.
Plenty of teams will have hopes of a top 6 challenge and the Owls should be among those in with a chance.
When domestic action returns in a little under two weeks, Wednesday travel to mid-table Cardiff City managed by old foe Neil Warnock and then face struggling Stoke City at Hillsborough.