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Embrace the expectation

11 September 2019

Garry Monk’s first full week on the job with the Owls will conclude with a televised clash against Huddersfield on Sunday lunchtime.

As the live cameras descend on the John Smith’s Stadium for Monk’s first game in the hot seat, the new Wednesday boss has spoken of the pressure associated with the role.

The former Owls loanee, who was appointed as the club’s manager last week, got straight to business this week in preparation for the short trip to West Yorkshire.


“Pressure is part of the job,” he told

“It doesn’t matter what situation a club is in, whether it’s competing for promotion, to escape relegation or to fight out of the middle of the table. Pressure is always there.

“I’ve always encouraged my teams to embrace the expectation but I will be very clear with the players and have clarity where we are at and what we need to do.

“It’s just about the next day and the next game, that’s all that matters.

“That’s how I’ve always worked and what I’ve found to be successful in terms of the players and how they work and feel the freedom to bring their potential out.

“There is always pressure but the main thing is to make sure you are focused each and every day and allow the players to breathe.”


The Owls’ allocation for Sunday’s fixture is a sell-out as over 2,300 Wednesdayites are set to make the trip to Huddersfield.

“You want to win every single game as a player, as a manager, as a fan,” Monk continued.

“You want to win your first game, your last game, the middle games and I understand that.

“The main part is to focus on your process, the training you do and the everyday improvements you are striving for and that the mentality is there because that’s what gets you results.

“That’s what we fight for as staff, we want to win every game that we play.”

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