Sheffield Wednesday have a good opportunity to get back to winning ways and set their sights on the play-off places once more when they visit Barnsley this afternoon.
The Tykes have won just four times at home and sit 23rd in the table, presenting the Owls with an ideal chance to pick up their second league win in eight league games. The home side will be boosted by the involvement of new signings Connor Wickham and Josh Windass, too, giving Garry Monk an ability to experiment with his line-up.
Monk has cut a bit of a frustrated figure of late due to the decline in results and performances, but it has at least given him food for thought, and that may lead to ruthless action. He has spoken of the need to freshen up the squad, something which may have led to the recent ostracisation of long-term servant Sam Hutchinson, who was left out of the recent squads against Wigan and Millwall.
Speaking about the poor run of form to the Sheffield Star, Monk said:
“We (managers) always make mistakes. No one is perfect. Mistakes happen. That’s life.
“Everyone can reflect after a game but my job is to make decisions before they happen. You always try to make those decisions with the best intentions.
“Everyone can be a manager after the game and say ‘this or that could have been done better’ but it is done. You have to have the confidence and trust in yourself to make decisions before they happen.
“As a manager, I don’t get the luxury of hindsight.
A recent win at Leeds shows exactly what both Monk and the players are capable of and therefore it is very frustrating that they have been unable to build on that and find a bit of consistency.
Now that he has realised his mistakes, Monk must show that he is learning from them. He may know more about his squad now and the personalities of certain players – how they respond to setbacks, for example – and that should strengthen his position in the long run, as well as that of the club.
Sheffield Wednesday fans, what are your thoughts on Monk’s recent comments and actions? Do you think he is capable of getting results back on track? Share your opinions in the comments below…
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