Sheffield Wednesday reunite James Beattie and Garry Monk in coaching revamp

GARRY MONK’S long-time allies James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan have rejoined him at Sheffield Wednesday, with Andrew Hughes also joining the coaching staff.

Back together: Garry Monk and James Beattie.

Monk took over as manager in September but unusually was unable to make any changes to the Hillsborough coaching staff working with the personnel he inherited from predecessor Steve Bruce.

Beattie, his assistant at Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham, was put on gardening leave by the Blues after Monk’s departure, and with the Owls apparently unwilling to pay compensation, he remained there for the whole of last season.“James still had two years left of his contract,” explained Lee Bullen, one of Monk’s assistants, in an interview this summer.

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“Wednesday weren’t willing to pay compensation and Birmingham weren’t willing to release the lad so he’s been twiddling his thumbs. He’s still getting paid by Birmingham, which is mad.

“An opportunity could have come up to let the lad go, Birmingham would have saved money and the lad could have been involved.

“But at the moment it’s Garry, myself, Neil Thompson and Nicky Weaver (on the coaching staff).

“We’ve got a good group of lads that work together, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point James Beattie joined the group.”

That has now happened, with goalkeeping coach Flahavan, a former team-mate of Monk’s at Southampton, also moving to the Steel City as soon as they were released by new Birmingham manager Aitor Kranka.

Flahavan also served on Monk’s backroom team at Leeds and Middlesbrough.

Hughes was under-23s coach at Sheffield United until being replaced by former Barnsley and Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom this summer.

The 42-year-old former Leeds United player also coached at Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United, amongst others.

His job title at Hillsborough is first-team coach.

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