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 season is in danger of imploding with the Owls without a win in six in the league, leaving them down in 12th spot in the Championship, some nine points adrift of the play-off places with just over a third of the season to be played.
The pressure is on Owls manager Garry Monk to get his side firing again, after only five months in the post, having signed a deal at Hillsborough until the end of the season following the resignation of previous boss Steve Bruce.
So what are the chances Monk will see out the season with Sheffield Wednesday?
“Having initially made a positive start to his time in charge of Wednesday, Monk has struggled to take the club to new heights in recent months.
“Since beating Leeds United at the start of January, the Owls have only managed to amass two points from a possible eighteen on offer which has resulted in them drifting out of contention for the play-offs.
“When you consider just how poor his side were against Reading last weekend, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Monk’s future at Wednesday is being questioned by the club’s hierarchy.
“If the Owls suffer another heavy defeat at the hands of Birmingham City on Saturday, Monk’s time at Hillsborough could be brought to a premature end.”
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“I really cannot see Garry Monk seeing out the season at Hillsborough as the club is turning more and more toxic as the weeks go by.
“When he first arrived at Wednesday, I thought Monk was going to be a real success after picking up some impressive results at both home and away from home.
“But as it did at Leeds and Middlesbrough, his tenure has gone massively downhill and fans are starting to turn against him, and when that starts to happen, it’s almost impossible to come back from that.
“He has also frozen out two very senior players in Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson which might be purely a footballing decision, but it’s hardly likely to get fans back onside.”
“With the play-offs still being a realistic ambition for the Owls, there would in theory be little or no point in making a managerial change at this point of the season.
“Wednesday are currently in the midst of a bad spell which Monk is capable of getting them out of if he is given time by the club’s hierarchy.
“With games coming thick and fast at this point of the campaign, the next win for the Hillsborough club could be just around the corner.
“Monk has a talented squad at his disposal which could still turn things around and for that reason he should be given a chance to salvage things until the end of the season.”