"He obviously cares a lot" - Sheffield Wednesday man praises boss Garry Monk's 'attention to detail'
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Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are among the names to have paid tribute to Monk’s methods throughout the season and since the start of the coronavirus-enforced break, Adam Reach and Morgan Fox have commented on the programmes laid down for them by senior management.
The club’s head of sport science Tony Strudwick is understood to have led the charge, but players are also being given analysis and tactical ‘homework’, and are keeping in close contact with coaches through WhatsApp and email.
On-loan forward Josh Windass is the latest Owls player to have made clear his support of Monk, who had been under growing pressure on a run of just two league wins in 2020.
“It's easy for any player to give praise to a manager but honestly, since I've come in he's been brilliant,” said Windass from his home in Ilkley.
“I've learned a lot from him on the training pitch and when he speaks to us and most importantly he's been a really good guy. I've enjoyed working with him and hopefully, I can work with him for a long time.
“He pays more attention to detail than any manager I've had. It's in training and when it comes to games. That attention to detail is very high quality and he's very attentive. He's a manager that obviously cares a lot, you can see that in him every day and I'm just looking forward to learning more from him.
“He's been very clear when I've spoken to him privately about what he wants from me and what he wants from the team.”
Club captain Tom Lees, Windass says, has from time-to-time acted as a conduit between the coaches and the group.
“We've been assigned to a fitness coach, all different groups. If we have any questions we get in touch with your fitness coach who will run through your sessions.
“We've all got different programmes and everyone is in contact. We're all keeping fit and getting ready for the day that we do go back.”