As the football world eyes developments regards the resumption of games that have been halted because of the Covid-19 crisis, Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri will be paying particular attention –because the Owls supremo is weighing up how to come to terms with the pressing issue of his current manager, Gary Monk. The Hillsborough head coach has hardly set the world alight during his tenure up until the coronavirus pandemic affected proceeding with the Yorkshire outfit aspiring to mid-table mediocrity given that they are only nine points away from the drop zone with a record of 48 points from 37 matches.
With regards to Monk, multi-millionaire Thai businessman Chansiri very much has to decide whether or not he sticks or twists — in other words does he continue employing a coach that is yet to inspire great things from the group of players or does he gamble once more on a new recruit? The key issues impacting on his decision will no doubt be the fact that Monk is said to be on a “rolling contract” that expires during the summer. If Chansiri offers him a new deal he must follow that up with funds for new players to bolster the squad; and might he think that this investment would be safer in the hands of a new incumbent?
Chansiri may well decide that Monk can be the readying influence of a Wednesday ship that will be navigating choppy waters given that a number of players are potentially going to leave the club after their contracts come to an end this summer. Players such as Morgan Fox, Kieran Lee, Joey Pelupessy, Sam Hutchinson, Sam Winnall, Atdhe Nuhiu, Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri are reportedly out of contract sooner rather than later. It means that the club could well be left with just 13 first-team players next term. It seems recruitment is essential but will the owner trust Monk to spend his cash wisely?
Owls fan Marc Draper says Monk deserves the chance to shape his squad properly since he came in to the club back in September 2019 to replace Steve Bruce, who chose to quit and go to Newcastle United and the premier League. He said:
“Monk deserves more time there is no question about that. The last thing we want is to bring in someone new again, disrupt what we have in place and find that we have wasted our time and that the new coach isn’t the man for the job.
“Monk, given funds, can improve us. And I am sure he knows what players he wants to retain, he knows the set-up and this can only be a good thing. When football does come back we don’t want any more disruption than we will have now. They will be testing times and we know what we have with Monk. I’m backing him.”