Garry Monk has explained why everyone at Sheffield Wednesday was surprised by the club’s recent English Football League [EFL] charge.
The EFL announced in a statement last week that it has ‘issued (to Wednesday) a number of charges relating to alleged (financial) breaches’.
Those centre on the £60 million sale of the Owls’ Hillsborough stadium to the club’s owner, Dejphon Chansiri, which ensured a £38m profit and allowed them to circumvent the league’s profit and sustainability [P&S] rules.
Sheffield Wednesday later issued a statement of their own insisting that ‘(the) charges will be vigorously defended’.
And expanding on that at a press conference earlier on Thursday, the Owls boss, Monk, told the club’s official Facebook page: “I think, having spoken to everyone at the club, it was (a) surprise. I think the communication has been fantastic over the last year, year-and-a-half or so, between the club and the EFL.
“No one at the club saw that coming like that and I think probably the biggest surprise is the charges that are being put forward are things that the EFL would have ratified and agreed to in the beginning. So that’s where, I suppose, the strangeness (comes from).
“But, look, that’s a club issue. In terms of myself and the players and the staff that we have here, it doesn’t affect our daily training, it doesn’t affect the fact that we have to go on to the pitch and try our best to win games.
“So we have to control what we can control. That’s my duty as a manager and that’s the duty of the players and staff to focus on our jobs, which is the football and the club will deal with the rest of it as it goes along.”
Monk went on to state his hope that he is hopeful of a positive resolution, adding that “the club feels it has done everything possible that it can”.
The 40-year-old’s previous club, Birmingham City, were docked nine points last season after breaching P&S rules and Sheffield Wednesday could face even sterner sanctions if they are found guilty, according to The Telegraph.