Sheffield Wednesday key man on what the players said about Garry Monk's spat with Birmingham caretaker boss Pep Clotet

Owls talisman Barry Bannan strongly denied that Garry Monk’s public spat with Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet was a distraction for the players ahead of their disappointing 1-1 draw with the Blues.

By Alex Miller
Thursday, 28th November 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th November 2019, 5:05 pm

The Scot, who expressed his frustration at what he described as the ‘same story’ of Wednesday’s inability to convert chances into points, said that while the players were aware of the high-profile fall-out, their focus was on only football leading into the match.

Asked whether he had ever had to deal with anything similar before, Bannan said: “Not that I recall.

“You always get managers that don't like certain managers, but that's part and parcel of football.”

Monk defended his decision to twice refuse a handshake with Clotet – his former assistant and successor at Birmingham – who he accused of ‘lacking loyalty’ in his pre-match press conference.

The extraordinary press conference had no affect on the players though, said Bannan, who defended Monk’s actions.

“It wasn't distracting at all, whatever has gone on is between them,” he said.

“Us as players, our priority is to go out and get the points on the pitch, it's nothing to do with the managers, they can only put the team out there to go and win games.

Barry Bannan does not believe Garry MOnk's public spat with Pep Clotet was a distraction heading into yesterday's clash with Birmingham City.

“We never looked into any of that. Obviously you see it because it's on Sky Sports News or whatever, but it's had no effect on what happened on the pitch.”

Wednesday travel to Charlton Athletic this weekend for Saturday’s early Championship kick off.