Now 36, Westwood is just seven games away from hitting the 200-appearance mark for Wednesday – a target that he set himself when Tony Pulis recalled him to the setup – however for a long time it looked as though he’d played his last game for the club.
The shot-stopper fell out of favour under Monk and was sent to train with the U23s while Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson fought it out for a starting berth, but while he admitted that his spell out on the sidelines was ‘tough mentally’, he explained that his family kept him going and that he’ll never look elsewhere for blame.
He told The Star, “I put things into perspective, I don’t blame anybody else… If something is wrong, then I’ll always look internally. I don’t point the finger.
People have jobs to do, and decisions to make, and ultimately you’re an employee so you have to accept people’s decisions and opinions. That is it.”
So there’s certainly no grudges held against Monk, and ‘Westy’ says that there was never any personal issues between the two, insisting that he would always respect a manager’s decision.
“Managers have a hard enough job as it is,” he explained to The Star. “Me and Gary, honestly - and you can believe me or not - never had a cross word. I promise you. I don’t fall out with people if I’m honest - life is far too short for that, as you can see by the pandemic. It’s not worth falling out with someone.
“People have jobs to do, they have to make decisions, and ultimately you have to accept that, because they live and die by their decisions. So if that’s something they want to do, then no problem.
“I understand it, it’s football. He’s not the first manager, he won’t be the last. I’m not the first player, and I won’t be the last. It’s just football.”