‘It’s all we deserve” – Garry Monk’s heartfelt response to angry chants by Sheffield Wednesday fans after Luton Town defeat
Garry Monk’s message to any Sheffield Wednesday players hurting after supporters sang ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’ after last night’s defeat at Luton is simple; take it on the chin.
Over 1,000 Owls supporters made the midweek trip down south and made their feelings known having watched their side slide into mid-table on a run of one win in their last nine league games.
And a lacklustre showing – their third set of dropped points to relegation-threatened sides in a fortnight – saw them again lose ground on the Championship play-off spots.
They were also booed off by travelling fans at Barnsley on Saturday and Monk, who has time and again praised the club’s supporters, said he fully accepts every criticism that coming his side’s way.
“I’ve got the upmost respect for them,” he said. “At every club I’ve ever been at I’ve had the process of ‘we’re here to fight for them’.
“They have the right to say whatever they want. They have the right to have whatever opinion they want. They pay their hard-earned cash to come and support their team, the team that they love and you have to take that.
“At this moment this is all we deserve, we have to take that on the chin and understand that.
“We have to understand that that is who we represent an we’re not doing that for them. Ultimately that’s my responsibility and we’re not doing enough in this period for them to warrant any praise. I totally understand it.”
Wednesday are bottom of the Championship form table having picked up just five points from their last possible 27.
Monk continued: “I’m not trying to manage a speech or anything, I have massive respect for them. It’s our job to give them something to be proud of. And in this run of games we haven’t given them anything to be proud of.
“Sometimes through attitude and other times not through a lack of effort but maybe through a lack of quality or belief or confidence.
“They have the right to say whatever they want and think however they want. The criticism is deserved.”