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Biggsy spoke to Chris Turner in the week to get his veiws on what's happening at Hillsborough
Blame the manager, blame the players, blame the owner ... let’s try some positive suggestions without directly blaming anyone.
By Alan Biggs
Because Sheffield Wednesday’s current predicament is a collective culpability, albeit probably stemming from strategy running aground - which is going over old ground.
So how to change that potentially calamitous course? That has to be the primary focus rather than singling out individuals.
Among concerned Wednesdayites is a man you and I know well. A former player and manager who has a clear view of how the club can right itself for the future.
Garry Monk has talked of several transfer windows being required long term, while taking full responsibility for results he knows might consume him first.
And that assumes he will have the power to act, which I think applies more to outs than ins as I’m led to believe managers in this regime DO influence signings.
Monk uncomplainingly answered my question about the pace of change in the last window (when no senior player left) by admitting that “yes”, he would like to have seen more offloading but that he “respected the decisions of the club.”
Equally significant perhaps was his isolating of players he presumably recommended parting with in January and in whom there was some interest.
Monk added: “My job is to talk to the club and for them to understand what you need to happen, ins and outs. But I have to respect those decisions.”
He accepts them, too, as part of the modern game - and that he’s in the kind of run that, by football’s standards, is often considered sackable.
And yet I don’t know a single former Owls player - and I know many - who reckons changing the manager is the solution here.
Neither does this column for that matter.
So what is? Chris Turner, for one, believes the turnaround CAN be made with Monk at the helm - under certain conditions.
Further, he insists Sheffield United’s success under Chris Wilder CAN be mirrored across the city - despite the Blades being “a million miles in front“ currently.
“It can be emulated - we’ve had that at Hillsborough,” he declared, in a reference to the days of Howard Wilkinson, Ron Atkinson and Trevor Francis. “We’ve got to get back to that.”
“Let the manager manage and get the club back on its feet - because it can rise very, very quickly. Also, every club needs a top class recruitment guy so that, when the manager changes, as they do quite often, the recruitment goes on. Garry’s got to try to get to the end of the season. He knows who he needs to keep and to build a team around. It’s the recruitment after that that is the most important thing. You can’t just get rid of the players and then think ‘what do we need?’
In fact, Steve Bruce’s recruitment specialists remain in place and, in fairness, last summer’s intake was largely good. It’s more a case of bringing signings and sales under one umbrella to balance the two and end the problem of stockpiling.
Turner suggests a management team being built around Monk, possibly including a football director, to make more of the fact that the club is exceptionally well funded.
And this: “The manager’s got to have his own coaching staff to make him feel comfortable. From the outside looking in, I think Gary is isolated. He must feel so lonely.”
Turner admits Monk’s criticism of attitudes within the squad may have backfired on him to a degree but hopes the club backs him through circumstances that would be difficult for any manager.
These are constructive suggestions from a man who cares.
Considering his lifetime in football, not least playing for the mighty Manchester United, plus his love of the Owls, it’s a view worth listening to and ranks high above this column’s, albeit similar, suggestions.