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Sheffield Wednesday – Garry Monk

The newly appointed Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk was born in Bedford in 1979. In 2014, Monk made the leap from the playing side of the game to management. This followed a playing career which spanned nearly two decades and one in which he made nearly 300 hundred appearances. During this time, Monk played as a centre-back for eight different clubs including Sheffield Wednesday, the club which he has just agreed to manage.

He began his career with Torquay in 1995. Prior to turning professional, Monk had played for the Torquay youth academy for a number of years. They recognized his defensive abilities and agreed to take him on full time. He played just five times for the club, in the 1995/1996 season, before making the switch to Southampton. For Southampton, who played in the Premiership (later rebranded as the Premier League) at the time, Monk made eleven appearances over an eight-year spell, from 1996 to 2004. This sporadic record was due to him spending almost all his time under contract with Southampton at other clubs in the Football League on loan.

In 1998, for instance, two years after making the move to St Mary's, Monk was loaned back to his parent club Torquay. He made six appearances for the club in 1998 before being recalled to Southampton and subsequently loaned out again, this time to Stockport County. He played twice for Stockport before returning again to Torquay. Following this spell, he stayed at Southampton for a further two years before being loaned out for a third time, this time to Oxford United. Again, however, his first-team minutes out on loan were limited: he made just five league starts for the club when he was there, in the year 2001.

In 2002, Monk was sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, the club where he is now manager, of course. His loan spell with the club would prove to be the most successful of his career up until this point; he made 15 appearances before moving on to Barnsley the following season. At Barnsley, he made 14 league starts and evidently impressed as he was offered a permanent contract when his time on loan at the club ended. At the Yorkshire club permanently, however, Monk made only three appearances before moving on.

His next destination would also prove to be the final one in Monk's journey. At the age 25, Monk joined Welsh club Swansea City. It was here, in truth, that his career really began to take off. He enjoyed a phenomenal time with the Swans. In total, he played 22 times for them and scored seven goals. During his time there, Monk saw Swansea get promoted three times. They started in League Two and eventually rose all the way to the Premier League. On the way, they won the League One trophy in 2008 and, memorably, the Football League Cup in 2013.

For the majority of his time with the club, Monk was captain. He was a hugely respected figure within the team and its hierarchy. It was not surprising therefore that, when the time came for Monk to hang up his boots, his first managerial position was with them. Initially, he was impressive. But following a run of poor form, Monk was dismissed less than a year into the job. Since then, he has managed Leeds, to little avail, as well as Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.

He has now joined Sheffield Wednesday following the departure of Steve Bruce to Newcastle United in the summer. He will be hoping the Yorkshire club will give him the opportunity to revitalize his career.