How Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk reacted to Dejphon Chansiri playoff target
Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri delivered a public backing of under-pressure manager Garry Monk this week, before outlining an ambitious target for his Owls side.
In what was a rare media appearance, the Thai businessman spoke on a wide-ranging number of topics, including the future of Monk, whose team sit bottom of the Championship.
Wednesday take on Millwall this weekend boosted to within three points of the safety zone following the halving of their 12-point deduction and Chansiri backed Monk, making clear his intention to continue a tradition of giving his managers time to get things right.
Monk said he was appreciative but not at all surprised by Chansiri’s comments, with whom he has remained in close contact with throughout his tenure.
“It’s always important but behind the scenes we are in constant communication,” the Owls boss said.
“It [time to get things right] is what you are crying out for as a manager. You want time and tolerance but you also understand as a manager that results are king.
“I know the standards of our every day work in the time I have been here has been raised without a doubt but, unfortunately, hat has not been reflected consistently of results so you know lies on your shoulder as a manager.
“But to have that support from within; it’s good to have an owner who backs you, but you also know the reality of the job and delivering results. You don't ever feel comfortable even when results are going great.
“The fact that we have not delivered consistent results enough to everyone's liking that that can't continue.
“It’s tremendous support. He sees the work that goes into it and those improvements from within but I know as a manager you have to produce results in the meantime.
“We are trying to build consistency going into the next international break.”
In just one of his eyebrow-raising comments from an epic near three-hour press conference, Chansiri stated that his ambition for the team is to qualify for the playoffs despite a six-point deduction leaving them bottom of the Championship after 10 matches.
Monk, who has maintained throughout the season that Championship safety is the first and foremost target for Wednesday, said that Chansiri’s level of ambition is important for any club. It’s a lofty ambition, he said, that will be difficult to achieve given the circumstances Wednesday find themselves in.
“I think ambition is everything,” he said. “You must always strive for the highest standard.
“The reality is that it’s difficult with the situation we are in but in terms of striving for what you should do as players, managers and as a club you should always be striving for the highest ambition.
“I feel like we are making the necessary improvements behind the scenes but unfortunately it was not reflected in that week. We let ourselves down but we know our every day standard has risen from what it was before. We trust in that and try to stay balanced.”