Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal says yes to Owls offer

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Carlos Carvalhal has said yes to Sheffield Wednesday’s financial package as he edges ever closer to becoming the Championship club’s new head coach.

Talks have been progressing well with the 49-year-old and it is understood the Owls are hoping to bring in a British coach to work alongside him.

Wednesday, without a boss since axing Stuart Gray last week, have sounded out Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper over the possibility of him joining their new-look management team.

Tentative discussions are believed to have taken place between the two parties but it is thought Cooper is unwilling to leave the Robins and become a number two elsewhere. Cooper led Swindon to the League One Play-Off final last season, where they were beaten 4-0 by Preston North End at Wembley.

Cooper has one year left to run on his current deal at The County Ground and Wednesday are mulling over whether to make a formal approach for him.

Despite being a relative unknown in this country, Carvalhal is set to lead the Owls into battle next season. The pressure will be on Carvalhal to turn the team into serious top-six candidates as Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri has targeted promotion to the Premier League within the next two seasons.

Carvalhal, who left his most recent post at FK Istanbul Basaksehir in 2012, has managed a number of teams in his native country Portugal and also had a spell in charge of Turkish club Besiktas. Carvalhal, a former centre-back during his playing career, looked set to join Pacos de Ferreira before Wednesday came calling for his services.

All bookmakers closed their markets on the identity of Owls’ next head coach earlier this week.

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