This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way….
A year is a long time in football – that much Garry Monk will admit.
After being appointed as manager of Sheffield Wednesday in September 2019 the 41-year-old had hoped to be the man to return the club to their former glory.
But after being sacked from his position on Monday evening it is back to the drawing board for the Owls.
In this FLW Rewind we take a look at how a handful of Sheffield Wednesday fans reacted to Monk’s arrival, with many hoping that he would be the man to take them back to the Premier League.
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) September 6, 2019
— Rhys Nuttall (@rwn1992) September 6, 2019
Garry Monks barmy army
— ryan walker (@walker_ryanswfc) September 6, 2019
Announce promotion 🔵⚪️🔵⚪️😛
— James Senior (@jsenior81) September 6, 2019
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Welcome to the club. Let’s kick on now 👍🏼UTO
— daniel barrass (@danielbarrass2) September 6, 2019
— Matthew Galley (@MatthewGalley) September 6, 2019
My number 1 choice at the start of the season. Amazing passionate manager who's been amazing at every single club he's managed. Highly demanding and always wants the best. Took longer than I woulda liked but we took our time and hoped for Cowleys but I'm very excited.
— Kyle Newton (@WhoIsKyleNewton) September 6, 2019
Garry Monk’s appointment was seen by many as the start of an exciting new chapter.
Unfortunately that didn’t quite materialise how he had hoped.
Speculation was building during his first campaign in charge that the club were set to be slapped with a big points deduction – something that was confirmed going into this term.
That meant that last term things were far from settled at Hillsborough as they focused on cutting their cloth accordingly.
A mid-table finish was the best that Monk could achieve last term, meaning that the early hopes of promotion were way off the mark.
This season was always going to be incredibly tough as they started the season on -12 points.
Emulating last term’s 16th place finish would be seen as a relative success this season given the torrid start that the club faced, but with the Owls sat in the drop zone after 11 games it seemed that the writing was on the wall.
It seems that Monk is just the latest in a series of managers who have struggled to live up to the expectations of the club and supporters.