It’s safe to say that Garry Monk didn’t have the best of spells in his time with Leeds United, which he’ll be keen to put to the back of his mind.
But the 40-year-old is now in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, and has shown promising signs at Hillsborough, and has his side challenging for a top-six finish this term.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Monk’s former side, the Sheffield Wednesday boss revealed that his players will have to cope with the atmosphere at Elland Road on Saturday.
“The atmosphere there is a huge factor of how well they are doing so the players need to deal with that, take on that challenge and come away proud of their performance.”
Sheffield Wednesday suffered a slight dip in form over the festive period, which saw Monk’s side drop out of the play-off places, much to the frustration of the Hillsborough faithful.
The Owls picked up a morale-boosting win last weekend though, as they knocked Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion out of the FA Cup after a narrow 1-0 win courtesy of Adam Reach’s deflected second-half strike.
But the challenge that awaits Monk’s team on Saturday is a completely different one, as they come up against a Leeds side that will fancy their chances of pulling clear of their promotion rivals in the near future, as they target a long-awaited return to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance.
A win for the Owls could see them move back into the play-off places, although that depends on other results going their way, with just six points separating sixth-place Swansea City to 14th placed Reading in the Championship table.
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He’s spot on when it comes to his verdict on the atmosphere at Elland Road.
Leeds supporters are well-known for dragging their side over the line, and Sheffield Wednesday will have to deal with what is going to be a fiery atmosphere on Saturday.
If they can’t do that, then Leeds could end up running out convincing winners as they look to strengthen their grip on top-spot in the Championship.