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Sheffield Wednesday: David Prutton has his say on Monk appointment

Sheffield Wednesday: David Prutton has his say on Monk appointment

Former Sheffield Wednesday player and Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has had his say on Garry Monk’s appointment at Hillsborough.

Monk was appointed last Friday (September 6) after Lee Bullen had managed the opening six games at the club after Steve Bruce left his post just before the season to join Newcastle United.

The manager has had a lot of experience at Championship level but is yet to hold down a job for a sustained period of time – Birmingham City was his longest tenure in the second tier, which lasted just over one season.

This fact had caught the eye of David Prutton, who stated that the manager still has a lot to prove despite his three recent managerial jobs in the Championship at Leeds, Middlesbrough and Wednesday respectively.

The pundit spoke to Transfer Tavern’s sister website Football League World about the prospect of Garry Monk at the helm. You can grab the full exclusive interview by following this link here.

He said: “It is a concern having five jobs in five years.

“He started unbelievably well with Swansea, and if you look at how they’ve done in recent years, their hastiness in getting rid of him is the result of where they are now.

“He’s still in a position where from the outside looking in, there’s still an element of wanting to prove himself.”

“It’s not still in the tentative steps. You see enough of what the Championship is about to be able to understand and build a club in that image to be able to compete at that level.

“This is his next huge challenge, and the sense that you get from what he’s been like, he’s a very determined individual. You never know who wanted what at Birmingham, but he’s going to Wednesday, and they’ll listen as to how he wants to approach it and what’s available to him.”

There’s no doubt it’s a big challenge for Monk at Wednesday, but considering his work at Birmingham, it could be an inspired choice.

Monk did a good job at Birmingham with some difficult restraints; he managed to keep the club in the division in both seasons while at the club. In his first year he took over with the club battling relegation and he was able to take them to safety (19th, per Sportsmole); the next season, he managed to keep them up again (17th) after facing a nine-point deduction.

At Wednesday, he has a squad who are in decent form. They have won three out of six, they’re 11th in the league – so it should be a good place to take over for Monk.

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