Sheffield Wednesday would do no wrong in appointing former Blade James Beattie

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Sheffield Wednesday finally named the man that will lead them for the foreseeable future as Garry Monk was appointed as their new manager over the weekend.

The 40-year-old had been out of work since June after he was sacked by Birmingham City, which was the third Championship club he’s held the reins at.

The Owls have confirmed that caretaker boss Lee Bullen will remain part of his backroom staff, but earlier this week The Star reported that James Beattie could reunite with the man that gave him his first taste at coaching when the pair were at Swansea City together.

Beattie has been part of Monk’s backroom staff at every club though he still remains at St Andrew’s Stadium alongside former assistant Pep Clotet, who is in caretaker charge of the Blues.

There would be an air of controversy if the duo linked up again seeing as the 41-year-old is an ex-Blade, but he would have a significant influence on improving Wednesday’s fortunes, particularly in attack so maybe that rivalry should be put aside for now.

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The Owls are rife with options in attack, but it is only Steven Fletcher that has featured in all six Championship matches, scoring three goals via WhoScored.

The likes of Sam Winnall, Adthe Nuhui, and Jordan Rhodes haven’t even had a sniff of reasonable action as they clearly weren’t favoured under Bullen, though Monk has opened a clean slate for them all from now onwards.

If Beattie did join, all of their eyes should light up in a flash as the former Premier League striker has become some sort of goalscoring Jedi guiding his padawans to goal-laden riches.

At Leeds, he helped Chris Wood record his best-ever season, where he netted 30 goals in 48 appearances. The 27-year-old is now living it up in the big time for Burnley and Beattie in no doubt helped that happen following that outstanding season.

Monk and his trustworthy sidekick were only at Middlesborough for a few months having been sacked early in December, but his influence helped Britt Assombalonga net 11 goals in 24 matches during that time.

Last season followed the same pattern as Che Adams scored 22 goals in 48 appearances to earn a £15m move to Beattie’s old club Southampton.

Wednesday’s frontline should be licking their lips at the prospect of being coached by a man that has played over 300 times in the Premier League – one who has a proven track record in getting the best out of his fellow strikers.

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