Sheffield Wednesday have a big season ahead of them in the Championship as they seek to overcome a 12-point deduction. This puts them already at the foot of the 2020/21 table and facing an uphill battle to avoid relegation.
The new season starts for them tomorrow as they face Walsall in the Carabao Cup, and Garry Monk was speaking to the media before the match. A cup run would be great for the club especially in their circumstances, but the manager’s comments about the ‘positive’ atmosphere at the club caused plenty of reaction among the Owls’ fan base.
Monk wants to make sure that the club can build ‘unity’, ‘spirit’ and ‘togetherness’ between everyone associated with Sheffield Wednesday, in particular the squad and the fans, and he wants to do this in order to bring a positive feeling around Hillsborough.
The squad will certainly need unity to overcome their difficult challenge in the Championship and, if Monk can generate good morale around the club, then they have every chance of beating the drop.
Here is what these Owls fans said following the manager’s comments:
It’s not just the players, I think the fans may soften towards Monk a little bit if they saw a more human side
— Matt Summerhill (@MattSummerhill) September 4, 2020
I think it’s pretty clever, humanise the players a bit more and you’d hope the atmosphere wouldn’t turn so toxic so quickly. You need to build up a reason to support them, and you’d hope if fans connect with the players they wouldn’t be so quick to berate them
— Brandon Egley (@BrandonEgley) September 4, 2020
Weirdly more positive about this season than others before. No expectation to go up, just avoid relegation. I think fans are part of problem at weds, crazy expectations to win every game and start booing when we don’t
— andy (@PandyMarsh) September 4, 2020
Been a long time coming, a proper engagement strategy starting with the players connecting with fans on a human level. Great work so far and long may it continue. #swfc
— Jonathan Garnett (@jonogarnett) September 4, 2020
Fascinating that the recent upturn in SWFC media content has seemingly come from the very top. Positive steps!
— Joel Pollard (@JoelPollard15) September 4, 2020
Great doing this stuff before a ball has been kicked….lets see if they are still as “open” when things get tough going and if we go on a big losing run like we did last season.
I suspect if we only win 4 out of 24 games then the open content of the squad will soon stop…
— SWFC_Polls (@SWFC1867_Polls) September 4, 2020
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