Garry Monk admits Sheffield Wednesday ‘mistake’ in revealing interview

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss, Garry Monk, feels he made a mistake by taking the job at Hillsborough.
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Monk spent 14 months in Sheffield prior to his exit in November of last year, and stats suggest that – had he not left – the Owls may not be in such a precarious position at the wrong end of the Championship table.

When he left the Owls, Monk referred to it as a ‘big disappointment’ and said that it had been ‘a real honour and privilege to be manager of this historic club’ even though things didn’t work out.

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Now though, in an interview with The Athletic where he discusses several aspects of being a football manager, the ex-Wednesday boss admitted that he probably took the job for the wrong reason.

“The only mistake I feel I’ve made in terms of the decision to take a job has been Sheffield Wednesday ” he said, “Because it’s the only one where I knew in my heart before I took it that there were a lot of things wrong there.

“I think the reason why I took it was because of all the bullshit that Dong (Xuandong Ren, the chief executive) had said at Birmingham about me, publicly. I thought, ‘I’ve got to get back in to prove that wrong’.”

He also gave some insight into how results can affect day-to-day life for his family, saying, “You plan a meal on a weekend, you lose the game and you’re not in the best of moods and you carry that around with you.

Garry Monk says he made a mistake in joining Sheffield Wednesday.Garry Monk says he made a mistake in joining Sheffield Wednesday.
Garry Monk says he made a mistake in joining Sheffield Wednesday.
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“So you have to tell the family, ‘We’re not going now’, because if I go out I’m going to get abuse or I’m not going to be good company. There’s been plenty of times when we’ve arranged to go and do stuff and I’ve cancelled it. Or I’ve gone out and you’re not (really) there.”

Monk is still looking for the next chapter in his career after spells with Swansea City, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and the Owls, and Wednesdayites will no doubt take an interest in his next project goes following his tough spell in S6.

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