Glenn Loovens played 150 games for Sheffield Wednesday between 2013 and 2018, scoring once.
The Dutchman was a huge favourite at Hillsborough. He’d represented all of Feyenoord, Celtic, Cardiff City and the Dutch national team before his Wednesday arrival, and would go on to become the club captain during his stay.
After his release by Wednesday in 2018 he spent a season with Sunderland in League One, but now the 36-year-old has seemingly gone into an unofficial retirement.
Wednesday is a club that’s seen a lot of change in the past few seasons. Garry Monk became the club’s seventh manager of the decade when he was appointed earlier in the season, but with his side sitting 15th he’s come under scrutiny this calendar year.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live about the club and it’s on-goings over the past few seasons, Loovens said:
“I don’t think the stability is quite there. I think once in a while it is good to have fresh ideas and freshen things up to keep people motivated but not every six months or year.
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“When a new manager comes in, he brings in new ideas and looks to change things up. You need to get stability. One guy asks for one thing, someone else asks for something else.
“But that is the trend nowadays. There is a lot of money involved in football. They (chairmen) are all afraid of going down and as soon as things don’t go right they chuck the manager and move on to the next one.”
Steve Bruce looked set to have a prosperous season with the Owls before departing for Newcastle United three weeks before the season’s opening day, and Wednesday took their time before appointing Monk in September.
At Christmas, Monk’s side were sitting 3rd-place of the Championship table and looking set for a top-six finish. But a string of losses followed by a 5-0 defeat at home to Blackburn sent Wednesday spiralling, with an eight-point gap now separating them from the top-six.
Loovens was a fine player and someone who the fans loved. He’s right in his remarks about Wednesday though – the club has had a contested few seasons and is showing now signs of becoming a more sustainable outfit.
Depending on how or if this season finishes, Monk’s spell at Hillsborough could well be coming to an unexpected and untimely end after a disastrous 2020 both on and off the field.