Sheffield Wednesday’s players returned to training on Thursday, for the first time since Garry Monk’s sacking.

Monk was relieved of his duties on Monday, along with backroom staff James Beattie, Andrew Hughes, Darryl Flahavan and Ryan Needs.

It was later reported that Neil Thompson and Tony Strudwick would be retained by the Owls, likewise, Lee Bullen and Nicky Weaver, who were reassigned to the Under-23s ahead of the new campaign.

But, as reported by The Star, it was Thompson who manned the fort at Middlewood Road earlier, as Wednesday’s search for Monk’s successor continues.

Those concerned as to Strudwick’s whereabouts need not be, however.

As always, the former head performance at Manchester United is away with the Welsh national team – a role he has held since 2018 and throughout his Owls spell.

Wales’ manager is, of course, Ryan Giggs – Strudwick’s United colleague, who has taken a leave of absence this week amid off-field issues.

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And Strudwick should return to Wednesday in time for next week’s trip to Preston North End.

The Owls will hope to have a manager in place by then.

According to reports on Thursday, that man is expected to be Tony Pulis, another who is connected to Wales.

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