Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal bids to emulate duo

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

Only two foreign managers/head coaches have masterminded successful Championship promotion campaigns over the last decade.

So new Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Roberto Di Matteo and Slavisa Jokanovic when the 2015/16 season gets underway in just over a month’s time.

Former Chelsea star Di Matteo took West Bromwich Albion up five years ago, finishing runners-up behind Newcastle United while Jokanovic achieved the same feat last season, leading Watford back into the top-flight.

Since 2005, British bosses who have particularly excelled in the second-tier include Neil Warnock, Mick McCarthy, Ian Holloway and Steve Bruce, with the quartet overseeing two promotions each at different clubs.

Carvalhal said: “The correct place for Sheffield Wednesday is the Premier League so it is a big challenge. There are a lot of things to do. We must change something because the last 15 years have not been good for the club.”

All eyes will be on Carvalhal this afternoon as he will officially be unveiled to the media at a press conference at Hillsborough. He will be joined by chairman Dejphon Chansiri, who has set a target of promotion to the Premier League by 2017.

“He [Chansiri] wants to put the club in the correct position in a short time,” said Carvalhal, whose backroom team consists of compatriots Joao Mario, Joao Cunha and Bruno Lage.

“After my first contact with Mr Chansiri, I felt full of energy and ambition for this club.

“When you talk with him, you feel enthusiastic. It is important that you follow the energy he has and all the things that he wants to do at the club.”

Braga-born Carvalhal boasts a wealth of experience, having managed 14 teams in three countries, but admits he is fulfilling a childhood dream by coaching in England.

Since confirmation of his appointment late last Tuesday, Carvalhal has been putting his Owls players through their paces in pre-season training.

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