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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has been slammed by Tony Pulis for his role in Middlesbrough’s current demise, and it should serve as a stark warning ahead of his current club’s imminent first transfer window under him.
The 40-year-old was finally appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor at the start of September, and last weekend signalled his tenth game in charge as the Owls lost to Blackburn Rovers – only their second Championship defeat under his stewardship.
Monk has had to work with a squad that was built by his previous incumbent, so he is yet to stamp his mark down on the south Yorkshire club fully.
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Pulis, who is currently out of work himself, took over from Monk at Boro back in December 2017 and has effectively blamed the Wednesday chief for their struggles this season.
They currently sit in the relegation zone, some 12 points off the promotion-chasing Owls.
Speaking on Ian Holloway’s new podcast, the former Stoke City boss said:
“To sell the players that we sold – Forshaw, Christie, Gibson, Bamford, Traore, to name just five. I think we cut the staff by 15-16 players in the 18 months I was there, just to rejig the finances which was important after an absolutely disastrous window.
“The football club is struggling today because of what happened two-and-a-half years ago. It’s not what Woody’s done, or what the players are doing or anything like that. The big, big point was two-and-a-half years ago.
“If you have a bad window, a disastrous window like that and your recruitment is no good, then you’re going to suffer.”
Pulis refers to the summer of spending that occurred in the north-east just months before he took over, which was when Monk was in charge.
He signed nearly £50m worth of players – Britt Assombalonga (£14m), Martin Braithwaite (£9m), Ashley Fletcher (£6.5m), Jonny Howson (£6m), Darren Randolph (£5m) and Ryan Shotton (£3m) to name just a few.
It clearly didn’t pay off as Monk was sacked by Christmas, and Pulis was left with a financial mess to deal with off the pitch in order to balance the books – thus the likes of Adam Forshaw and Adama Traore were sold.
This should serve as a warning to Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri, who has recently revealed that he is prepared to back his manager in January, as a similar situation simply cannot ensue in south Yorkshire.
The club have been faced with several transfer embargoes in the past, so they do not want history to repeat itself, and they certainly do not need to go down the same path as Boro in recent times.