Sheffield Wednesday: Globe-trotting Carlos can’t wait to get back to work

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal is relishing the prospect of getting back out on the training pitch today - after clocking up the air miles over the last 72 hours.

Just hours after Saturday’s defeat to Charlton Athletic, the Owls chief jetted out to Dubai to cancel his visa.

Before becoming Wednesday’s first non-British boss in June, the 49-year-old spent two seasons working as a technical director for Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.

Speaking before the trip, Carvalhal said: “I must go to Dubai because I have to cancel my visa and everything there.

“It will take eight hours to get there and eight hours on the return journey but I will try to sleep on the plane. I will be back on Tuesday for training.

“I will not rest these days but I may have a little time off to go to Portugal at the weekend.

Carvalhal, who hopes Glenn Loovens (hamstring) and Jack Hunt and Barry Bannan (both knee) will make speedy recoveries from their injuries, said he felt “very tired” ahead of last Tuesday’s meeting with Brighton and was looking forward to some well-earned time off.

“It has been a very hard period but I’m not complaining about anything,” he said. “It is my life, it is my work and I’m enjoying what I am doing.”

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