‘I could have been fired’, admits Owls boss

Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal would not have blamed chairman Dejphon Chansiri had he sacked him following their stuttering start to the season.

The Portuguese, a surprise choice to succeed Stuart Gray as head coach in June, won just one of his opening seven Championship fixtures.

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

But Wednesday have since moved into the top half of the table following back-to-back league victories over Fulham and Brentford.

In a typically forthright, candid manner, the Portuguese said: “I never feared [for my job].

“I have a very supportive chairman but probably after the Middlesbrough game, in different countries that I have worked in and in the same situation, the chairman probably would have fired me.

“But we have started doing well. All the time we have believed in what we are doing and we have shown signs that we are getting better game by game.

“At this moment, the team is in a good way. If we don’t lose our focus too much, we can do well.”

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Hillsborough encounter with Preston North End, Carvalhal has thanked Chansiri for his backing.

“He [Chansiri] understands the work that we are doing and supports me all the time,” said Carvalhal.

“He is a quiet personality. He believes in the work and that we work hard.

“He has supported me 100 per cent.

“He knows we come in very early in the morning and leave late to go home. He knows we are working very hard. The people who work hard usually get the results.”

Striker Fernando Forestieri is in contention to return, having recovered from a hamstring problem. Although he took part in light training yesterday, Daniel Pudil (hamstring) will be assessed today.

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