Sheffield Wednesday: Duo give insight into Owls chief

Tom Lees
Tom Lees

It is not just the Owls fans who have warmed to head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

The players are also enjoying the genial Portuguese’s methods on the training ground.

Centre-half Tom Lees told The Star: “When Carlos came to the club, everybody was given a clean slate.

“Nobody knew what to expect when Carlos came in but his enthusiasm and passion has been fantastic and is something I have really enjoyed. It is nice to be playing and I just want to do the best for him.

“I think that’s why everyone in the team is willing to work hard for him and have a go for him because he is a very likeable guy.”

It takes a lot to make Carvalhal angry. Although he is a passionate person, he tries to keep his emotions in check.

But Carvalhal went ballistic after the Owls’ defeat to Middlesbrough at the end of August, kicking water bottles in the dressing room and demanding a reaction from his players.

Since that low point, Wednesday’s performances have improved and so too have their results.

“He said a few things after the Boro game; it was probably the only time we have not turned up,” admitted Lees, who is Owls’ only ever present this season. “Carlos is very efficient with how he says things and gets his point across.

“I don’t think he will waste his breath ranting and raving for no reason so you know when he does make a point to sit up and take notice of it which I think is really good.

“I have been really impressed with the preparation and how we get ready for games. That’s something I have enjoyed. We know what we are going to come up against.”

Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo also echoed Lees’ sentiments and praised Carvalhal for rebuilding the team.

“Almost everything has changed,” he said. “Carlos brought new ideas in and changed the way we are playing and winning games.

“He has almost built a new team. He had to replace 10 or 12 players from last year and we are heading in the right direction.

“He has done a good job wherever he has been and is proving that with us.”

Semedo, who moved to Hillsborough in July 2011, added: “Every year since I have been here there has been an improvement.

“We had a difficult season after we got promoted which was normal because we had to establish ourselves in this season. In the last two years, we have had good seasons and we are not thinking about going down this year.

“We are fighting to put the club back where it belongs and where they want to be which is the Premier League.If we go step by step we can reach there.

“We now have a fantastic squad and that can be a big advantage through the season.”

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