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By Joe Crann
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 7:32 am
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 4:50 pm
Massimo Luongo will keep getting stuck in for Sheffield Wednesday. (Pic Steve Ellis)
Massimo Luongo will keep getting stuck in for Sheffield Wednesday. (Pic Steve Ellis)

Wednesday are of course waking up with a new forward/midfield man/right-back in their arsenal thanks to the signing of Scotland international Callum Paterson.

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We’ll be asking Owls boss Garry Monk all about him in a wee while to get all the latest ahead of what feels like a biggie against QPR on Saturday.

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  • We’ll have everything from Garry Monk at this morning’s press conference
  • Wednesday take on QPR at Hillsborough on Saturday
  • The Owls signed Callum Paterson yesterday

Monk on the weight of the shirt

The players know that this season their going to be remembered for what happens… I’ve told them it needs to be them being remembered for the right reasons, and that’s what we’re determined to do.

No matter the club though, I’ve always been of the view that that shirt is to be worn with full commitment.

We’re are a big club, we know the expectation, and we’re trying to meet it head on.

He’s a key player. I’ll go check in the changing rooms in a minute to see if he’s in there!

I’ve heard nothing from the club on that. He’s a fantastic guy to work with. I haven’t heard a thing.

I’ve been so focused on incomings and getting these games through. There’s been no time to breathe really and that’s where my energy has been.

We’ve had chats and discussions, I’ve given my views to the club and it’s for them to decide what happens. We’ll see what comes of that.

It’s important for players to have a focus on a specific position. Their main objective is where they are comfortable and happy with that position. That’s how I try to work as a manager.

Knowing they can potentially do it is great to have as a manager.

We’re going to need that this season.

It’s a case of seeing if he’s ready. He’s been with Tony and the physical department. He looked great in training and it’s about assessing where he’s at.

Government / Premier League financial assistance

It needs to happen as quickly as possible. The Premier League have their own problems, we need help like other sectors. Football is not immune, it’s like any other business in the world.

Because of what football does not just in communities but across the world, what it means to cities and towns. We cannot have clubs or businesses go out of existence without trying and helping.

Whoever it is, they need to work together and they need to work quick. It’s just around the corner and we need to adress that soon.

You have to find a way. We’ve all been in that situation as manager.

Nobody cares about that, you have to win games. People don’t want a sob story. Everybody wants you to win games and that’s the life of a manager. You have to work in the best way you can and put your team in a place to win games.

They have experienced Championship players and on their day they’re a good team.

Confidence after QPR record?

It’s more for players. As manager you see different games and scenarios. You don’t really take anything from the games before.

We’re preparing for the best QPR side. We’ll be determined, they’ll be determined and we’re getting ready for it.

The test of character is there constantly. The adversity is there before we even kick a ball.

The games add adversity depending of where we are. I feel we’ve got a group that has worked hard on spirit and togetherness. I see that spirit amongst them.

We’ve got a group that’s ready to fight. As well as the football that’s a huge part of it.

There’s no shying away from it, every game is hugely important, whether that’s winning games, drawing or bouncing back from defeats.

Every club goes through it but ours is more important than ever. We’re very aware of that.

We’re not always going to get everything right, there are things we need to improve at. But we’ve been picking up points.

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