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Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk considers James Beattie return

Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk considers James Beattie return

Garry Monk will be looking to bring in “one or two” members of staff to his backroom team at Sheffield Wednesday – one of which could be James Beattie, according to reports.

The Star have suggested that the former Sheffield United player could team up with Monk, who has previously worked under him at Birmingham City – where Beattie still remains.

Monk told reporters that he wants to assess the current staff before making wide changes, though he may bring in a couple of staff to “hit the ground running as soon as possible”.

When asked about bringing in his own staff, he responded: “We will have those discussions.

“Of course, if there is a chance to bring in one or two members of staff with me who know me and have worked with me and know how I work, we can hit the ground running as quickly as possible. It can help with time and I will look to do that. But right now, it is working with Lee and the staff and I am looking forward to that.

“I am looking forward to it but we will see what happens.

“Lee and the other staff are going to be there and I am looking forward to that insight as well,” he said. “When you have a pre-season, you can get the bulk of your ideas across, but we haven’t got the luxury of that.

“Having the insight from Lee and the other staff is going to be vitally important and I am looking forward to working with them and understanding that.”

Garry Monk has a fine line to walk as he will want to ensure that he can bring in as much expertise as he can without disrupting the current staff that are doing their jobs.

While it’s been a decent enough start for the Owls, surely Monk will still want to make an impression on the squad and get his methods drilled into his team as early as he possibly can.

A good way of doing that could be through bringing in James Beattie, who has pretty much followed Monk through the entirety of his managerial career. The coach joined Swansea in June 2015 and has since followed Monk to Leeds, Boro and Birmingham.

With Clotet still only caretaker manager at Birmingham City, it might make sense for Beattie to rejoin Monk as it means that his job is constantly precarious as any potential permanent manager at Birmingham City may well want to bring in his own staff.

Furthermore, Beattie and Monk have worked together for longer periods of time, and with Birmingham having a few off-the-field problems of late such as their transfer embargo, the future on the face of things looks brighter at Sheffield Wednesday at this current moment in time.

Would it make sense for Beattie to return to the Steel City? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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