Seething Garry Monk tears into the 'deep-rooted culture' at Sheffield Wednesday after 'embarrassing' 5-0 thrashing at Brentford
The current culture at Sheffield Wednesday “will never be successful”, said an embarrassed Garry Monk after the Owls limped to a forlorn 5-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Brentford.
The Wednesday manager, now into his sixth month in the Hillsborough hotseat, once again tore into the level of desire shown by his players, admitting that whether it is his job or not come the summer months, the culture within the walls of Middlewood Road need to change drastically if the club is to go forward.
A visibly angry Monk accused his players of ‘hiding’ following the thrashing, admitting he was embarrassed to be stood in the Owls technical area on a rock-bottom afternoon.
“It’s not very often in my life I’ve been lost for words,” Monk said. “It was nothing short of embarrassing if I’m honest with you. It was inexcusable.
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“We were hiding today, they hid from the responsibilities of what they should face on a football pitch.
“It was the most embarrassed I’ve ever felt in my entire time in football. I can only apologise to the fans behind that goal. They don’t deserve that type of performance.”
Asked about the specifics of the issues he himself described as ‘deep-rooted’, the Owls boss hinted towards his post-Wigan press conference, which saw him admit the changing room had been ‘to comfortable for too long’.
He said: “I mentioned most of them after the Wigan game. There is a culture here that will, never, ever be successful.
“There’s not enough desire, determination, strength of character. If you want to be successful there has to be a determination and a fight that is lit underneath you.
“It’s not just from the whole group but from individually and within. As I’ve said many times there’s not enough of that.
“There are broader issues I don’t want to get into right now but regardless of who is sat here doing that they’re going to have the same problems.
“That change will come in the summer, for sure, whether that’s me or anyone else.”