Are Sheffield Wednesday about to appoint Garry Monk?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 September 2019, 12:40

Sheffield Wednesday have scheduled a surprise press conference for 4pm this afternoon (Friday), with Garry Monk the scorching hot 1/5 favourite in the betting.

The Championship club have been searching for a new permanent manager ever since Steve Bruce left for Newcastle, over seven weeks ago.

During this time Lee Bullen has been charged with overseeing the first team in a caretaker capacity, with the 48-year-old overseeing four wins and three defeats from seven league and cup matches.

Bullen had been stapled to the top of the next Sheffield Wednesday manager market until Danny Cowley’s odds were slashed earlier this week after reports emerged that the Lincoln City boss - who rejected Huddersfield - was in advanced talks with the Owls.

Cowley rejected these claims, stating that it was news to him, although the in-demand boss did cryptically reveal that he could leave for the ‘perfect opportunity’.

However, his odds have since drifted out to 8/1, while Monk’s odds have been cut to just 1/5.

Unlike Cowley, the appointment of Monk wouldn’t cost Sheffield Wednesday - in regards to compensation - as he’s currently out-of-work.

The 40-year-old was surprisingly sacked by Birmingham in the summer following a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s chief executive Xuandong Ren.

However, his work at the Blues deserves immense credit as he dug deep to prevent relegation last season after the club was smacked with a nine-point deduction in March for breaching EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Monk first entered into management in 2014 with Swansea following the departure of Michael Laudrup. During his time in charge of the Swans the Englishman led the club to a top-8 finish in the Premier League, while he’d go on to manage Leeds for a single season, then Middlesbrough who sacked him a few hours after a victory over none other than Sheffield Wednesday.

Monk has already experienced a lot for a manager who is remarkably only 40, and in a few hours he may well have taken up his fifth job in five years.

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