How Garry Monk's start as Sheffield Wednesday boss compares to his recent predecessors

Sheffield Wednesday find themselves in a tricky position at a critical stage of the season, with a dismal run of form coupled with the looming threat of a potential points deduction making it a worrying period for Owls fans.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 6:05 am
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As the brutal conditions of Storm Dennis chilled supporters to the bone at Hillsborough last weekend, a social media cyclone was also brewing in the background, which saw a number of fans call for manager Garry Monk to be sacked following the 3-0 defeat to Reading.

29 games into his managerial spell with the Owls, Monk has racked up a win percentage of 37.9%, securing eleven victories so far, with ten losses and eight draws.

Interestingly, these statistics mirror those of Jos Luhukay at the same stage of his Hillsborough reign exactly; he survived another 19 matches before being given the chop.

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Carlos Carvalhal fared better than the aforementioned pair, with twelve wins from 29, and just seven losses, while the likes of Stuart Gray and Dave Jones also won more games.

It must be said, though, that Jones is the only manager – Steve Bruce was omitted from the data, as he was in charge for just 17 matches – to have made a remarkably better start to his Owls career over the last decade, with a strong 44.8% win ratio.

Certainly, Monk can't be faulted for a lack of trying - from reshuffling his defensive pack, to controversially deploying Fernando Forestieri as a wing-back, he's experimented with all manner of changes over the past few weeks.

He told The Star: “I’ve tried everything as well in terms of personnel but we just can’t seem to break that cycle. What we need is for that one result to go for us...we need that to signal change for the cycle that we’re in."

The Owls' fate this season is still unclear - in a famously unpredictable division, an improved run of form could see them back in contention for the play-offs, while a brutal points deduction could lead to relegation scrap towards the tail-end of the campaign.