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Sheffield Wednesday: Danny Murphy bigs up appointment

Sheffield Wednesday: Danny Murphy bigs up appointment

Former England international Danny Murphy has gotten behind Sheffield Wednesday’s recent appointment of Garry Monk.

Monk was appointed on Friday, September 6 at Hillsborough after Lee Bullen had been temporarily in charge due to Steve Bruce leaving for Newcastle the week before the season started.

The new Wednesday manager comes with a wealth of Championship experience behind him. He recently was sacked by Birmingham City after disagreements about style of play and transfers, says the Times.

Now Match of the Day regular Danny Murphy has had his say on whether this will work for Sheffield Wednesday – and the former Liverpool player thinks it’s good business from the South Yorkshire club.

Speaking to talkSPORT (via The Star), Murphy said: “He’s not going into a club that’s desperately struggling. They’ve got a decent squad.

“I like him. I’ve met him a few times. I like the way his teams play. I thought he was unlucky originally when he got into management that Swansea got rid of him in his first bad spell really. I think that had Swansea kept him at that point, they might not have ended up in the predicament they did.

“I thought the Birmingham situation he dealt with brilliantly, with all the problems – the points deduction and stuff like that. He maintained his dignity. They still played good football. Even at Leeds he did alright, to be fair.

“I don’t think there are many guys who have got as much experience in the Championship that they could have given the job to. I think it’s a really sensible appointment. I think it suits both. And the fans will enjoy watching them play.”

On the face of things, Monk is smart business from Sheffield Wednesday. As Murphy suggests, the former defender has a lot of experience at this level and did a very good job at Birmingham City given the circumstances and financial restraint.

Monk is yet to get promoted or reach the play-offs from the Championship despite jobs at Leeds, Middlesbrough and Birmingham. However, that’s not to say that he hasn’t done well at any of those jobs. At Birmingham, Monk was able to take a team which was in threat of relegation in March 2018 to safety. The next season, his side were hovering outside of the play-off places but he was pegged back with a nine-point deduction, again thrusting them into a relegation battle – one which Monk steered them out of as the Bluenoses finished 17th (tables via Sports Mole).

Sheffield Wednesday are hardly short of confidence or a decent squad. They have talented players such as Barry Bannan, for example, so it shouldn’t take him too long to adjust and start implementing his way of doing things.

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