Sheffield Wednesday player first to speak out on Tony Pulis appointment - and Garry Monk sacking

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A number of Sheffield Wednesday players were quick to post messages of gratitude on social media following last week’s news that Garry Monk had been sacked after 14 months in charge.

But Liam Palmer, the Owls’ longest-serving player, has become the first to speak to the media about the dugout switch-up, with Tony Pulis the man chosen to replace Monk.

Speaking on Scotland international duty after defeat to Slovakia, Palmer said on Pulis: “I’ve not spoken to him yet. I’m looking forward to working under him.

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“He’s vastly experienced and whenever I’ve come up against his teams before you always know you’re in for a tough game.

“I thank Garry Monk for everything he has done. I dropped him a message the other night. I enjoyed working with him and his staff, but I’m looking forward to getting back and working under the new gaffer.

“The immediate focus is these next two games with Scotland. Once the Israel game is done and dusted and we’re free to disperse, I can switch myself back to my club.”

Palmer celebrated Scotland’s first qualification for a major tournament since 1998 last week, watching on from the bench as his adopted nation beat Serbia in a play-off.

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Asked whether he had spoken to the likes of Barry Bannan, Ross Wallace or Steven Fletcher, Wednesday figures of one time or another who tried and failed to break the Scotland duck, Palmer said: “They were the first to congratulate when we got through. You know what they’re like – they’re football and Scotland through and through.

Liam Palmer has expressed his thanks to Garry Monk. Pic Steve Ellis.Liam Palmer has expressed his thanks to Garry Monk. Pic Steve Ellis.
Liam Palmer has expressed his thanks to Garry Monk. Pic Steve Ellis.

“They are delighted as anyone for the group to have qualified.”



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