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Garry Monk offers insight into his planned Sheffield Wednesday philosophy

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Garry Monk has offered an insight into the style of football that he wants his Sheffield Wednesday side to play this season.

Monk was appointed as the Owls’ new manager last week, replacing Steve Bruce, who controversially left Hillsborough to take charge of Newcastle United earlier this summer.

The 40-year-old has previously managed Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and most recently Birmingham City.

Monk has admitted that he likes his teams to play on the front foot, but has insisted that he will be able to adapt his style to suit the strengths of the Sheffield Wednesday players.

“I like it to be aggressive,” said Monk, as quoted by the Sheffield Star.

“The key I learned very early in management is to understand the squad you have got and try to play to its strengths.

“I try and adapt myself to the squad I have. It worked very successfully at Leeds and Birmingham. Middlesbrough was different as I didn’t quite get the time to do that.

“I try and get squads to play to their strengths as if they do that, they are going to be comfortable, confident and give themselves the best opportunity to show that.

“Of course, you address the weaknesses along the way, but the main emphasis for me in recent years has been focusing on the strength of the squad and trying to make that shine through.”

Sheffield Wednesday have made a decent start to the new season under caretaker boss Lee Bullen and are currently eleventh in the Championship table after taking nine points from their opening six matches.

Monk’s first game in charge of the Owls will be away to Yorkshrie rivals Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

The Verdict

This is probably a sensible decision from Monk. The trouble with him taking over during the season is that he needs to deliver results quickly and he’s got a much better chance of doing that if he plays to his side’s strengths.

There would be no point in him trying to change things too much, because some of his tactics and strategies will take time to implement.

Sheffield Wednesday have got some very talented players in their side though and Monk should be able to get the best out of them.

He’s a good manager and he’s got plenty of experience in the Championship. He knows what it takes to achieve results in this division and he did a good job at Birmingham last season in difficult circumstances, so he could turn out to be a very good appointment for the Owls.

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