Monk: We need to show a strong mentality

Garry Monk has spoken of ensuring there is a strong mentality in the Wednesday squad after being unveiled as our new manager this afternoon.

Monk, who has plenty of experience managing at Championship level, talked of inheriting a capable squad which he hopes to be able to build on, and underlined: “This league demands a strong mentality.”

Fans will agree with that requirement and many will say it has been missing in recent weeks as we have slumped to three defeats in the last four league games.

Monk said the move to Hillsborough had developed quickly over the last 48 hours and enthused: “I am excited. I want to come here and get started.

“We all know the history and tradition of the club. It is a great opportunity and one that I am really excited about.”

Looking at the season so far, he said: “It has been a steady start, we are in a healthy position with good foundations. The thing that is exciting is that we could have a very strong squad in this league and it’s about bringing that out.”

With regard to the strength of the league, Monk commented: “In the Championship, there are another 15-16 teams with the same ambition, you must do the basics well and your quality will come out on top and we have that quality here. We will also put that work in.”

He added: “I was a player here many moons ago and, even though it was a short spell, I got a good grasp of how powerful and traditional this club is.

“It’s a perfect challenge, I’m ready and refreshed and ready to get going.”

Chairman Dejphon Chansiri confirmed that caretaker manager Lee Bullen will revert to his position as assistant manager and Monk said he is looking forward to working with Bullen and the rest of the current backroom staff, with their knowledge of the squad and club proving valuable to him.


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