Key players leaving Hillsborough was believed to be a big factor in the relationship breaking down between Garry Monk and Dejphon Chansiri at Sheffield Wednesday.
Wednesday finished 16th in the Sky Bet Championship last season, in what ended up being a disappointing campaign for the Owls under Monk.
The end of last season saw the likes of Steven Fletcher, Morgan Fox and Fernando Forestieri depart the club upon the expiration of their contracts, with the trio among those to move on.
Fletcher’s exit was perhaps the most notable departure of the lot. The striker scored 13 goals last season, and has already netted four goals this season since joining Stoke City on a free transfer.
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According to Nancy Frostick of the Athletic, Monk wanted to keep a “few” of those players who ended up leaving Hillsborough at the end of their deals.
This was a factor in the breakdown of Monk and owner Chansiri’s relationship, ultimately leading to his sacking following a poor start to this season.
Featuring on the Totally Football League Show, she said “I think this has been almost like a long-term problem. Obviously, Wednesday have really struggled in 2020.
“I think this has been almost like a long-term problem. Obviously, Wednesday have really struggled in 2020.
“What I understand [is] the communication between the chairman and the manager has been frequent, according to both sides, so there were certain players, obviously, Wednesday lost quite a few big names in the summer, just at the end of their contracts, and from what I understand, the manager wanted to keep a few of them.
“Obviously, he kind of makes the decision on footballing grounds and then it’s up to the chairman whether Wednesday can find space to afford the players’ wages – and given Wednesday’s struggles with FFP and stuff, it’s not unreasonable.”
It’s understandable that Monk would be left slightly annoyed by this.
Fletcher and Fox were important players for the Owls last season, especially Fletcher, who was their top goalscorer and had an excellent record in front of goal.
They did recruit some good players in the summer, though, so Monk can have no excuses. He should have gotten more out of his players during his time at Hillsborough.