Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk was left absolutely reeling following the Owls’ third consecutive defeat on New Year’s Day, but in the grand scheme of things, it only paints a damning picture.
The south Yorkshiremen suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hull City, condemning the side to yet another loss as it moved them outside of the playoff zone.
Monk’s side were on an upward trajectory not too long ago having gone six unbeaten and looking like the nearest challengers to the runaway duo at the top of the table, but this recent run of poor form has brought about an all too familiar feeling at Hillsborough.
Following the defeat, the 40-year-old publicly vented his frustrations, he said:
“I’m not happy at all. It’s been a poor week from us.
“I feel angry and disappointed.
“I’ve seen exactly what they’re capable of and this week I’ve seen exactly the other side of it. That always gives you food for thought as a manager.
“They’re a good group but the demand to be successful has to be ferocious, every single day through difficult, demanding periods of the season.”
Wednesday are entering a third decade without top-flight football, and that doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon, which isn’t much of a surprise unless Monk makes a drastic change to the attitude at the club.
Last time they made the playoffs was under Carlos Carvalhal in the 2016/17 season, and interestingly enough, much of that squad still remains.
Keiren Westwood, Barry Bannan, Tom Lees, Kieran Lee, Sam Hutchinson, Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri, Adam Reach, Atdhe Nuhiu and Jordan Rhodes all played a part when the Owls lost to Huddersfield Town, and they all have featured under Monk this season, some more than others.
That’s almost an entire XI worth of players.
It is no wonder that every time they get a chance at potential success, they mess it up.
Wednesday could be sitting even closer to both Leeds United and West Brom at the top, yet they now look more destined for midtable – all in such a short space of time.
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The team is in need of a vast shakeup; big enough to ruffle some feathers in order to breed some measure of glory back into the club.
It may be harsh to say, but this current crop are notorious failures, and that mantra is not going to change by keeping them on board for much longer.
Several are out of contract in the summer, which will give Monk the perfect opportunity to begin a monumental rebuild.