'A little strange': Garry Monk makes observation ahead of Sheffield Wednesday debut

Garry Monk the manager

The Owls travel to Huddersfield on Sunday in a Championship game where both teams have new managers in charge.

Garry Monk the manager

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has given his thoughts on something he admits is 'a little strange', namely the fact that Sunday's Championship game between the Owls and Huddersfield Town will see two managerial debuts at the same time (official Wednesday website).

The 40-year-old joined Sheff Wed last week, becoming Steve Bruce's permanent successor at Hillsborough and securing his first job since being controversially sacked by Birmingham City in June.

 

Before the Owls appointed Monk to the Hillsborough hotseat, they were linked with Danny Cowley, who insisted that there had not been any contact from Wednesday (Sky Sports News) and subsequently went on to join Huddersfield from Lincoln City.

"It is a little strange but these things happen sometimes in football," Monk told the Wednesday website ahead of the "unique set of circumstances". "But as far as I’m concerned, it’s all about the players and all about what happens on the pitch, not off it.

Garry Monk, manager of Middlesbrough looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Middlesbrough at The Den on December 16, 2017 in London, England.

"This is about Sheffield Wednesday from my point of view and what we do on Sunday. I’m tremendously excited, it’s my first game as Wednesday manager, we’ll have a sell-out following with us and we’re raring to go."

Monk helped Birmingham avoid relegation after arriving at St Andrew's in March 2018 and then took them towards the playoffs last season, though the nine-point deduction by an EFL Independent Disciplinary Commission saw them finish the campaign 12 points above the drop zone in 17th place (BBC Sport).

Cowley, meanwhile, took over at Lincoln in the summer of 2016, alongside his brother Nicky, and the two took the East Midlands club from the National League to League One, where they currently sit fifth in the table.

Danny Cowley Danny Cowley manager of Lincoln City (L) and

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