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 host Stoke City tonight with Garry Monk’s side looking to continue a run that has seen them suffer only one defeat in their last five outings, in what could be a difficult night against a resurgent Potters side looking for their third straight win.
Ahead of the match though, speculation continues on whether Birmingham City coach James Beattie will be making the move to Hillsborough for a reunion with Garry Monk.
Birmingham Live reporter Brian Dick has given an update on the situation, saying: “I’m told that Beattie is still employed at the club in ‘another role’. I certainly have not seen him involved in the first team for several weeks,
“He’s obviously been linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday and that might be a solution for all parties but as I understand it there has not been any formal approach.”
So would Beattie be a good addition to the coaching staff at the Owls under Monk? Does this feel like a good move for all parties?
“This feels like it would be a good switch for both parties as Beattie looks eager to move on from Birmingham, while he could really help improve Monk’s coaching team at Wednesday.
“The pair have already worked together at some of the previous clubs managed by Monk, so there would be an immediate understanding between the two and Beattie would also be able to offer his expertise to the Wednesday strikers.
“This is where I think Beattie could benefit the Owls most as he would be an attacking coach and could help get the best out of the likes of Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes.
“There appears to be no clear reason why Wednesday should not press ahead with this appointment, as it can only serve to benefit them in the long run.”
“This could be a really good appointment if I’m being honest here.
“Beattie did a fine job at Birmingham, but I think he could really add something to Garry Monk’s side from a coaching perspective.
“The Owls already have a number of strikers on their books that Monk will be keen to get the best out of, and I think Beattie will be able to offer his advice and experience to the likes of Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri, which can only be a good thing.
“Sheffield Wednesday have a better chance of achieving promotion to the Premier League this season, so you can understand why he’s going to be interested in a move to Hillsborough, and it would be a really good addition to the Sheffield Wednesday coaching setup.”
Would James Beattie be a good addition to the coaching staff at Sheffield Wednesday?
“Would be a smart move from the Owls. Beattie will add experience to this Wednesday coaching staff and help them improve in their striker department.
“Beattie has followed Monk throughout his managerial career and the most alarming success Beattie had was at Leeds where he worked closely with Chris Wood.
“Before Beattie’s arrival, Wood was not seen as the most deadly striker in the league, only scoring 13 league goals the season prior to Beattie joining. Following his arrival, Wood began to make minor adjustments in his play and scored 27 league goals the next season.
“While it would be difficult to say whether Beattie can replicate that success, it seems like a very wise move from Monk to set up a reunion, and could bode well for Wednesday’s front men.”