This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sheffield Wednesday’s frustrating 2020 continued on Wednesday evening, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against play-off chasing Preston North End.
Garry Monk’s side took the lead on the night, as Jacob Murphy fired home just before the hour mark. But that lead didn’t last long, as Scott Sinclair equalised for the visitors at Hillsborough.
Jayden Stockley then put North End in front with three minutes remaining, before Brad Potts added a third for Alex Neil’s side to condemn Sheffield Wednesday to another defeat.
The result means that the Owls are now sat 16th in the Championship table, and are seven points adrift of the relegation zone with four matches remaining in this year’s campaign.
But should Sheffield Wednesday be looking at replacing Monk ahead of next year’s campaign after a poor run of results?
There are plenty of calls for it.
It’s so hard to say though because depending on who you ask, a different answer will be provided to who is to blame for the slump at Wednesday.
Some reckon the players have downed tools, some say Monk hasn’t got the best out of them and some think Chansiri is to blame.
Certainly, the club is in a mess at the moment and it could well be in League One next year, if a points deduction lands.
For me, they need a complete rebuild and you want a manager in charge that is willing to do that – I sense Monk is ready to take on that challenge but he has to have the fans on board.
I think we’ll see him stay put, but he has to get the clear out right.
It’s a tough one for me as he has clearly lost all support from Wednesday fans, and his players are seemingly struggling to adapt to what he wants them to do.
Despite starting positively following the season’s restart, the Owls have now lost their three games on the spin, and I think most fans would be happy to end the season right now rather than play the final four games of the season.
Last night’s defeat to Preston North End rather sums them up, I feel. They nick a goal, and then crumble by conceding three goals in quick succession, and that suggests that they are lacking leaders and a player who can pick his team up, as Monk is clearly failing to do so.
I personally feel that Monk deserves a full summer transfer window to reshape his squad, clear the deadwood and bring in the players he wants to bring in. If nothing changes or improves after that, then it’s time for him to go in my opinion.
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If you are overhauling your playing squad it maybe isn’t he wisest move to axe the man overseeing the rebuild.
Sheffield Wednesday’s problem lies within the playing squad and Monk has been tasked with clearing out the bad eggs then getting fresh blood in.
If they are going to sack Monk, they need to do it before the summer, give a new man a chance to see what’s going on and then bring in his own faces.
Ultimately, if Monk was going to go, he would have done so already.