Garry Monk admits he knew “in his heart” that things were wrong before taking on the Sheffield Wednesday job.
Wednesday were rocked by the departure of Steve Bruce to Newcastle ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, and after placing Lee Bullen in charge for the first six games of the season, they moved to appoint Monk.
Monk had just been relieved of his duties by Birmingham City after his relationship with CEO Xuandong Ren broke down, and went on to spend 14 months at the helm of the Owls.
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Monk was sacked in November as Wednesday’s struggles continued, and the 42-year-old has now sat down with the Athletic and reflected on his time at Hillsborough.
In an honest interview, he admitted that he knew “in his heart” things were not right at Hillsborough, and explained that he wanted to take the job to prove Birmingham wrong.
He said: “The only mistake I feel I’ve made in terms of the decision to take a job has been Sheffield Wednesday. Because it’s the only one where I knew in my heart before I took it that there were a lot of things wrong there.
“I think the reason why I took it was because of all the b*****t that Dong (Xuandong Ren) had said at Birmingham about me, publicly. I thought, ‘I’ve got to get back in to prove that wrong’.”
Wednesday and Birmingham are both struggling towards the bottom of the Championship this season. The Owls sit 23rd in the league table, whilst Blues sit 21st.
This is honest from Monk and he will know he probably shouldn’t have rushed back into management.
His time at Wednesday has probably tarnished his reputation, and if he had waited for the right job, he’d still be an attractive managerial target for most clubs out there.
Personally, I think he needs to take a break from the dugout before weighing up his options and only taking his next job when he feels it is the perfect fit.