Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday - Garry Monk already planning ahead

DURING the club’s fertile years under Carlos Carvalhal, Sheffield Wednesday supporters took great delight in heralding how a venerable footballing institution were ‘on our way back’.

Garry Monk: Planning ahead. Picture: Steve Ellis

It was a time of significant outlay on Championship-ready players, but reality dictates that the next – and hopefully successful – Owls era will be underpinned by up-and-coming talent and the club getting bang for their buck.

Manager Garry Monk very much hopes to be the individual to preside over the construction of what will effectively be a new-look Owls squad following the exit of many players who were an integral part of the Carvalhal era.

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Much of that is likely to be governed by Wednesday, first and foremost, securing their Championship status before thoughts can properly turn to the future.

Monk commented: “We have spoken about profiles and what we’re looking at. It’s a little bit difficult because we don’t know what next season is going to look like.

“Nothing has been announced. We don’t even know what the transfer window looks like.

“Nothing has been clarified on that, but what we can do is try and pre-empt things and understand what we want to do from a financial point of view.

“We want to move the squad into a young and more dynamic place. That’s football now and that is what we need.

“You also need certain senior players in there to help guide those younger players along, so we are trying to get the squad into that position.

“This is the start of the process and, hopefully, it is a new beginning for the club and we can move away from a certain financial situation.

“Younger, dynamic, hungrier players is the profile that we are looking for. I have spoken to the club about it and they are in agreement with that.”

After a testing week which has seen several senior players announce they will be leaving the club at the end of this month, Wednesday start the new one with a testing trip to Severnside.

While the exit of the likes of Steven Fletcher and Morgan Fox was not Monk’s desired development, he says it is time for those who remain to turn the page.

He added: “It would have been nice if everyone had extended and finished the season. but we have to respect those decisions.

“What we have to do now is focus on the players that have committed to this period of games and beyond that and give all our focus and support for the rest of the season.”

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