Monk hired as Sheffield Wednesday manager

Garry Monk has been hired as Sheffield Wednesday manager

Championship club Sheffield Wednesday have appointed Garry Monk as their new manager.

Monk replaces Steve Bruce after the former Wednesday boss took charge of Newcastle in the close-season.

First-team coach Lee Bullen had been in temporary charge at Hillsborough since Bruce's departure.

Monk, a former Leeds, Swansea and Middlesbrough manager, arrives with Wednesday 11th in the Championship after winning three and losing three of their first six matches.

The 40-year-old's first game in charge of Wednesday will be against Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium on September 15.

"My overriding feeling is excitement and what we can do here. We know we have a capable squad and it's about making us compete as hard as we can," Monk told reporters on Friday.

"It has been a steady start, we are in a healthy position with good foundations.

"The thing that is exciting is that we could have a very strong squad in this league and it's about bringing that out."

Former Swansea defender Monk is no stranger to the home dressing room at Hillsborough, having played 15 matches on loan at Wednesday during the 2002-03 campaign.

"I was a player here many moons ago and even though it was a short spell, I got a good grasp of how powerful and traditional this club is," he added.

"The experience as a player has always stuck with me when I've come back here as a manager.

"It's fantastic, you always say as a manager you want to keep the Kop end quiet and now it is the opposite.

"We want them loud and it's up to players as well to get that."