"We're behind him": Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Joey Pelupessy backs Garry Monk to turn things around at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday players are right behind their under-fire manager Garry Monk and are ready to take responsibility for a run of form that has seen them slide away from the play-off places.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 6:00 am

That’s according to Owls midfielder Joey Pelupessy, who also outlined his determination to improve his own form ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Monk’s old club Birmingham on Saturday.

Wednesday have recorded only one win in their previous 10 league matches and have crashed nine places in the league, to 12th, since Christmas.

Following their latest defeat at home to Reading on Saturday Monk said he understood results would determine whether he would be able to influence “the bigger picture” at Wednesday and said any decision over his future with the club is “out of his hands”.

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But Pelupessy, who has started four of the Owls’ last five matches, said the players were right behind their manager: “Absolutely. 100 per cent,” he said.

“This manager and we as a group, we've shown what we are capable of, we showed that in his first months here, before Christmas, but let's make it clear, it's time to turn that around now.

“We are 100 per cent responsible, nobody else. It's us as a group, we as players and we do it together, with the manager, with the staff, everybody. One thing is for sure we give 100 per cent, we keep working hard, I know maybe it doesn't look good at the moment but we are working hard, there is no doubt.”

The Dutchman, who is approaching the end of his contract at Hillsborough, suggested it is Monk’s long-term vision that excites him: “When he came in we had a really good run, maybe now isn't the best time to talk about it but if you see the whole picture, he is a really good manager.

Joey Pelupessy has backed manager Garry Monk to turn things around at Sheffield Wednesday despite a run of just one win in 10 matches.

“He is very calm, he is good with the group, the group are comfortable with him. A group and a club needs that, that's really important. We are in a good way, we are not on a good run but if you see the big picture, for sure.”