Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees becomes the first to comment on Garry Monk’s exit and explains what they need to ‘take forward’

As a manager he was well-liked amongst the players, and Tom Lees admits that he really enjoyed working with Garry Monk prior to his Sheffield Wednesday exit.

Thursday, 12th November 2020, 2:34 pm

Lees missed the last couple of Wednesday games due to personal issues, but it now appears that he’s back in contention for the Preston North End game later this month when the Owls return to action.

The defender had been undergoing a bit of a resurgence in blue and white after a tough previous campaign, with many seeing him on the way back to his best following a number of impressive performances.

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It remains to be seen at this point in time who will be in charge for that game against Preston, with Tony Pulis currently the favourite to take over, but Lees has made it clear that the team need to keep up the attitude that has been forged under Monk and his fellow staff.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, Lees said, “Everyone’s been around long enough to know that that’s how the business works. Obviously we all were right behind the last manager and his staff when they came in in the summer. I personally really enjoyed working with him, so I’m very grateful for what he did for me while he was here.

“Now we have to focus on a team and stick together. Whoever comes in, we have to take on board what he wants, and stick together as a group and make sure that we get some better results.

“But one thing from the last manager and his staff, what he built, was the togetherness, the positivity and attitude. We have to take that forward no matter who comes in.”

Tom Lees has spoken of Garry Monk's exit from Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday are now off the bottom of the Championship table following last week’s draw at home with Millwall, and have the chance to climb out of the relegation zone completely if results go their way later this month as domestic action returns.

In other news, Liam Shaw stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury that he picked up against Queens Park Rangers, playing 45 minutes for the U23s as they beat Bristol City yesterday.

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