Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk says it is now an extremely difficult task for the Owls to avoid the drop following their latest defeat, the Sheffield Star quote.
Monk started the campaign in charge of the Owls who began with a six-point deduction.
The former Birmingham City manager, however, was dismissed in November with Dejphon Chansiri believing the side was underperforming despite Wednesday climbing off the bottom.
Tony Pulis succeeded Monk but was sacked after nine games, and now Darren Moore is in charge of the Owls with the side in the bottom three and scrapping for Championship survival.
The Owls’ 5-0 win over Cardiff City last weekend provided a huge boost, but their latest 4-1 defeat at QPR leaves Wednesday adrift of safety and running out of games.
Speaking on Sky Sports and quoted by the Star, Monk rates the Owls’ chances as slim.
“We’ve all been there as a player and you have to get on with that side of that. The consistency hasn’t been there. It’s such a huge and well-supported club and we can all sit here and say they don’t deserve to be there from a fan base point of view, but they are where they are for those reasons. You can’t give up hope and you never know in this league, but it’s an extremely difficult ask from this point,” Monk explained.
Wednesday have taken six points from their last four matches.
But with only six games remaining, Darren Moore’s side find themselves 23rd in the table and still some seven points behind Coventry City in 21st with Rotherham United in between.
The Millers also have three games in hand on Wednesday.
The relegation picture will look a lot clearer after next week. Rotherham play three homes games in the space of six days, including the visit of relegation rivals Coventry.
The Owls, meanwhile, play their game in hand against promotion-chasing Swansea City on Tuesday before hosting an out-of-sorts Bristol City next weekend.
Wednesday need at least four points next week to keep their slim hopes alive, while hoping Rotherham fail to win any of their games while ideally drawing with Coventry.