Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Brilliant’ Carvalhal is in the Hunt to join elite club

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

He may be no stranger to the Championship, but Jack Hunt is experiencing something new this season.

It is the first time in the right-back’s career he has ever worked under a foreign manager.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal is seeking to become only the fourth person outside Britain and Ireland to lead a team into the promised land of the Premier League. Jean Tigana, Roberto Di Matteo and Slavisa Jokanovic steered Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Watford to the top-flight respectively.

Hunt told The Star: “The manager and his backroom staff have been brilliant. I have really enjoyed working under him [Carvalhal].

“His English is very good so you can speak to him about anything. He just wants to get his philosophy across and stick to that so it’s very good for the team.

“Carlos’s ideas are very different to the other English managers I have played under. He’s very calm compared to a few of the managers who I’ve had in the past. His philosophy is to keep the ball and enjoy the ball. Any player loves to hear that coming out of his manager’s mouth.

“Carlos is very tactical and deserves a lot of credit for the win over Bristol City. No one sees what he does on the training pitch and the tactics he put out to sit behind the ball and when we get the ball to use it well. We were perfectly set up for the counter attack even though we were at home.

“The fans might have liked to have seen us win the ball higher up the pitch but it was all down to him and I thought it worked very well.”

The 24-year-old, on a season long-loan deal from Crystal Palace, sat-out Tuesday’s impressive cup win over Mansfield Town. The attacking full-back was hampered by a thigh problem after moving to Hillsborough, missing several warm-up matches.

“Pre-season was a little disruptive for me,” he admitted. “I would have liked to have got a few more games under my belt.

“I had a little muscle problem so I missed quite a bit of pre-season so I wasn’t sure how long I would last against Bristol City. I was delighted I lasted so long and I’m back to full fitness now.”

It remains to be seen whether Hunt has a long-term future at Selhurst Park. He suffered a serious ankle injury after joining the London club from Huddersfield in August 2013 and is still waiting to make his debut. After loan spells at Barnsley, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham, Hunt is pleased to have some stability.

He said: “When I went fromCrystal Palace to Huddersfield, I had a bad injury and it’s not worked out there. I feel like I’ve kind of not had a home in a while. I wanted a season long-loan deal and that was a big factor in me coming here.”

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