Garry Monk faced ‘a tough job’ with Sheffield Wednesday this season, according to David Prutton.
Monk was sacked from his position last week following a difficult start to the new season which has seen the Owls sitting in 23rd position in the Championship.
Of course the South Yorkshire side were dealt the added obstacle of a six-point deduction for breaching spending rules, and that made the challenge of this term even more ominous.
While Monk was able to get the Owls back onto a positive points total, Dejphon Chansiri made the decision to remove him as manager and replace him with Tony Pulis.
Prutton has been discussing matters at Hillsborough and believes that Monk was the victim of added pressure that meant that a fresh start was perhaps always on the cards.
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Speaking on the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, Prutton said: “I think, having spoken to members of their coaching staff, [they were] thinking that this was a potential corner to be turned and then, for the decision to be made quite cuttingly and very quickly turned around to Tony Pulis – we’re discussing things that we will discuss forever and ever – the brutal nature of what it is to be a professional football manager and I think it was a tough job that Garry had on there.
“The thing is as well, with that spectre looming over them of something as big as a points deduction – who knows, subconsciously or emotionally, what that could do to the wellbeing of a squad.
“If a manager’s bearing the brunt of that responsibility, it’s not just that couple or three hours on a football pitch every day when you’re training the players, it’s a prolonged ability to spin plates, being a manager of a football club, and that might have permeated into the way that that team was playing.”
Garry Monk can perhaps feel slightly aggrieved at losing his job with Sheffield Wednesday.
Performances so far this term haven’t been great, but in difficult circumstances the Owls have still be able to grind out a decent number of results.
As a result Monk perhaps deserved slightly longer to move the Owls up the table, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.