Plenty has been made of Sheffield Wednesday’s decision to freeze Keiren Westwood out of the squad, but until now we’ve not fully known what has gone on behind the scenes at Hillsborough.
Fortunately, Keiren Westwood has taken to social media to explain the situation between him and the manager.
Being trolled online is never a nice experience. With the tragic events recently it’s given me the courage to speak out to put an end to the online abuse I’m receiving simply for doing my job. Clarity is important. Enough is enough. #MentalHealthAwareness #footballmentalhealth pic.twitter.com/41RhgG2mfF
— Keiren Westwood (@WestwoodKeiren) February 17, 2020
Westwood has made it clear that he and the boss haven’t had a falling out, stating that Garry Monk has made a decision that he completely understands.
Unfortunately, nothing has been cleared up in terms of what the future holds for the Republic of Ireland international, and it seems as though there is no real route back into the side for the 6 foot 2 goalkeeper.
Understandably, a number of supporters were saddened by this update.
Absolutely gutted your not in the team mate, best keeper iv seen at hillsborough for years and il never forget what you did for my work mate Dave Holden. Always an owl and like I said a top keeper, we were lucky to have you. 👊👊
— adrian kilanga (@adriankilanga77) February 17, 2020
@szymon_gasior_ wanna cry
— isaac simpson (@isaacsimpsonn) February 17, 2020
Others took this as an opportunity to heap praise upon the stopper.
The Hillsborough faithful made it clear that they thought he should still have a part to play at the club, with one supporter declaring that his words showed exactly why he should still be in the starting XI.
Personally I’d still have him in the net over dawson , I Don’t get why he isn’t on the bench though 🤔
— Danny Booth (@owlzmadboothy) February 17, 2020
Mate, you’re our best Keeper and if it’s Monks choice I hope he doesn’t regret it in a couple of months
— Mark Smith (@MarkSmi66298022) February 17, 2020
And this is exactly why you should be in the starting XI. Class.
— B_r_a_z_e (@benbrazier) February 17, 2020
Another section of the fanbase paid tribute to the goalkeeper as if he was leaving the club.
Westwood’s statement does read as if it is a goodbye, especially the second page where he reflects on his time at the Owls before going on to thank the chairman, the staff and his teammates for their support.
I’m guessing by that statement you’ve played your last game for the owls.
If so,thank you & good luck in the future.
— WAWAW (@1867_Owl) February 17, 2020
Sounds like a goodbye to me. If so all the very best whatever the future holdsfor you. You served us well.
— gilly (@gillyno9_gill) February 17, 2020
You and Hutch should both be in the team but if it is that you have played your last game then thank you for everything, best keeper we’ve had for a long long time
— Daniel Foster (@leicsowl) February 17, 2020
I hope this isn’t goodbye Kieran, but thank you for being honest and thank you for being a wonderful goalie for our club. I sincerely wish things were different and you were out on that pitch each week. Wishing you and your family all the best, whatever your future holds 💙🦉 👏
— Jen Mills (@JenDavison11) February 17, 2020