'A huge disappointment' - Garry Monk's first words after Sheffield Wednesday sacking
Garry Monk has communicated for the first time his disappointment at being sacked as manager of Sheffield Wednesday.
Three wins from 11 games this season see the Owls in the relegation zone in the Championship, even taking into account they had their 12-point deduction halved last week.
Though Monk took four points from his last two games against Bournemouth and Millwall, chairman Dejphon Chansiri took the decision to sack his manager after 14 months in charge, on Monday night.
In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Monk said it had been ‘an honour’ to lead Wednesday and said despite the results, he believed that the work done particulerly over the summer has laid the foundations for success for whomever takes over.
The statement read: “It is a huge disappointment to be leaving Sheffield Wednesday. It has always been a real honour and privilege to be manager of this historic club.
“I know from living and working in the city of Sheffield how loyal the fans are to the club and I feel the passion they show for their team to be successful.
“Arriving at the club last September, I gladly accepted the huge challenge, which was something I was determined to get my teeth into. Making our way to 3rd position in the league at the turn of the year was good progress. Unfortunately we were unable to maintain that form and produce the same consistency to gain the results we wanted.
“Amongst many other factors, strengthening my staff this summer enabled us to meet the target set for this stage of this season; being out of the minus points and beginning the next phase of climbing the league. It is a big disappointment to be unable to see the project through.
“Hard work has been at the core of our daily work and the standards of that work have definitely been demanded and raised since I first arrived at the club. I do believe there has been some foundations put in place that will enable the club to be successful in the future.
“I would like to thank everyone connected to the club; the chairman, staff, players and of course the fantastic fan base for their support and I give my very best wishes for the future.
“Finally, in what has been a difficult year within the communities and businesses of Sheffield with the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy and that everyone can all return to some normality very soon.”
Tony Pulis is currently the favourite to take over from Monk.
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