Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal checks in with Owls

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal met staff at Sheffield Wednesday’s training ground yesterday as he stepped up preparations for his first pre-season at the club.

But there was no sign of an official announcement of the Portuguese’s appointment with the Owls squad set to report back to Middlewood Road for training tomorrow.

The Star understands the Wednesday hierarchy are particularly keen to unveil the club’s new coaching set up in its entirety but have yet to complete the line-up.

Carvalhal - who is understood to have agreed terms with the Owls - looked set to be appointed head coach.

But a change of approach had the 49-year-old pencilled in as general manager alongside another individual who would lead the club’s coaching arm.

It appeared that man would be current Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper but negotiations with the 46-year-old’s representatives have been protracted and no official approach has been made to the Robins.

Another twist in the tale came yesterday with Cooper understood to have led the first day of pre-season training with the Swindon squad despite the uncertainty over his future.

While the Owls board continue their search, Carvalhal pressed on with pre-season plans ahead of the players’ return on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that defender Vincent Sasso passed a medical with the Owls yesterday ahead of a season-long loan from Portuguese side Braga - where Carvalhal had spells as player and manager.

Sasso could be unveiled by Wednesday today after agreeing terms over the weekend. It is understood his loan move could lead to a permanent deal.

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