Sheffield Wednesday could be considered to be at crisis point. One win in eight. Uncertainty hanging over their head. And an array of off the field issues.
Where to begin.
Much of the blame in the past week or so has been attributed to Owls manager Garry Monk, as seen here in this dedicated forum post by the emerging ‘Monk Out’ movement.
For starters, of their large squad, Monk has only signed three himself, and that was merely two weeks ago. How about some perspective as they try to settle in smoothly?
And then there’s the fact that he’s currently running at a better win ratio (39.3%) than his previous incumbent, Steve Bruce (38.9%), a man who very rarely received much flak until he acrimoniously departed on the eve of pre-season.
Hold off on him for now. He needs time – at least the summer window if not more.
Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri is first up. He’s the reason that the EFL are investigating the club after practically selling Hillsborough stadium to himself in order to offset any debts. They face punishment that could be as huge as a 21-point deduction, which if imposed today, would see the Owls sink to rock bottom and dead certs for relegation.
He’s also the man to offer extortionate ticket prices and has even been called a “scam” by fans this week following Monk’s playing down of their playoff ambitions. This is because they feel the Thai businessman has sold them down the river with false pretences.
The players can’t shirk away from blame either, they are the ones that cross the white line each week, and for far too long they have underperformed at this club. Wednesday are entering a third decade without top-flight football, and a good majority of the current squad have been here for four or more years – even back when Carlos Carvalhal steered them to back-to-back playoff campaigns.
Either they are too comfortable knowing they will get their paycheck or are used to failure. This is also something Monk has spoken out about publicly with some members ‘playing for their future’ from now until the end of the season.
Plenty of them are out of contract this summer, and this gives the 40-year-old a chance to finally get his ideas and plans set in motion – out with the old, in with the new is an adage saying, but it certainly applies here.
Wednesday rank as the second-oldest squad in the division; a clearout and a rebuild is precisely what needs to happen. Sacking a manager or not giving them enough time will only scupper that vision and the Owls will continue to operate in this vicious circle.
That’s if the EFL don’t clamp down on them severely, hey Mr Chansiri.
While in other news, Connor Wickham reveals why he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan…