The former England midfielder Danny Murphy has told Sheffield Wednesday fans they will enjoy watching Garry Monk’s team play.
Monk was appointed Wednesday’s new permanent manager on Friday afternoon, bringing to an end Lee Bullen’s seven-week spell in interim charge.
The former Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City boss inherits a side which sits 11th in the Championship, having been one of the early-season front-runners.
But asked if he thought Monk could be in for a tough time with the Owls, who have lost three of their last four league games, Murphy told Talksport:
Yes, but they’ve got good players. He’s not going into a club that’s desperately struggling. They’ve got a decent squad. And he’s an experienced manager at that level – been there done it. I like him. I’ve met him a few times. I like the way his teams play. I thought he was unlucky originally when he got into management that Swansea got rid of him in his first bad spell really. I think that had Swansea kept him at that point, they might not have ended up in the predicament they did. I thought the Birmingham situation he dealt with brilliantly, with all the problems – the points deduction and stuff like that. He maintained his dignity. They still played good football. Even at Leeds he did alright, to be fair. I don’t think there are many guys who have got as much experience in the Championship that they could have given the job to. I think it’s a really sensible appointment. I think it suits both. And the fans will enjoy watching them play.
Monk has retained Bullen as his number two at Sheffield Wednesday.
The 40-year-old worked closely with Pep Clotet at three of his previous four clubs, Swansea, Leeds and Birmingham – but not at Middlesbrough, where he was sacked after six months in charge.
Clotet has since succeeded him at Blues, however, and retained two more key Monk allies, James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan.
Monk, who played for Sheffield Wednesday on loan between December 2002 and March 2003, will begin his Owls tenure at Huddersfield Town a week on Sunday – a game that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.