Carlos Carvalhal is determined to win over Sheffield Wednesday’s fans with an entertaining brand of football after finally being confirmed as their new head coach.
The Portuguese replaces Stuart Gray, who was controversially axed last month after steering the Owls to a 13th-placed finish.
Carvalhal, who has managed extensively in Portugal and also had a spell in charge of Turkish club Besiktas, is joined at Hillsborough by countrymen Joao Mario, Joao Cunha and Bruno Lage who will form his backroom team.
Braga-born Carvalhal looked poised to join Portuguese outfit Paços de Ferreira last month but the deal did not go through and the Owls swooped, tempting him with an offer in English football.
The 49-year-old admits it is a “dream come true” to coach in England and expects his team to adopt an attractive style of play.
His CV reads 14 clubs in a 14-year spell, with his longest stint lasting for three years. Carvalhal has been out of management since 2012, although he has worked as technical director at Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates for the past two seasons, but is confident he can win over his detractors.
“Sheffield Wednesday, it’s an historical club with amazing fans - they love their football and their club,” he said. “I want be part of these feelings, to love the club with a big passion and try to give happiness to all.
“To achieve that we must play positive football, and if we do that, we can all go the same way.
“I have coached big teams in Europe like Sporting and Besiktas and played in the Europa League but my child’s dream has always been to coach in England.
“To come to England and to a club like Sheffield Wednesday is amazing. I’m excited and I want to win the trust of our massive fans.”
Owner Dejphon Chansiri is convinced Carvalhal’s appointment is the start of a “successful new era” for the club. It remains unclear what the length of Carvalhal’s contract is but the former Sporting Lisbon boss will be under pressure to deliver instant success as Thai businessman Chansiri wants to lead the club back into the Premier League within the next two seasons.
“The new owner has a big project for Sheffield Wednesday,” he said. “He knows what he wants and the way to go there.
“After my first contact with Mr Chansiri, I felt full of energy and ambition for this club.
“The chairman of this project has this ambition and I have the same. I know our supporters do too.
“Let’s do a fantastic season with positive football and let’s enjoy our time together.”
Carvalhal is set to be presented to the media at a Hillsborough press conference on Thursday, July 9.