Lee Bullen has given an insight into life under head coach Carlos Carvalhal as the Portuguese prepares to take charge of his first match in English football.
Carvalhal, a surprise choice to succeed Stuart Gray at the end of June, has managed extensively in his homeland and also had a brief spell in charge of Turkish club Besiktas.
Since his appointment, Carvalhal and his backroom team have put Wednesday’s players through their paces in pre-season. Double sessions have been introduced and the former Sporting Lisbon chief is determined to change the Owls’ style of play. An attractive, passing orientated brand of football is Carvalhal’s preferred method of winning matches.
Bullen, who works closely with Owls’ first-team and development squad, has told The Star: “I am enjoying working with Carlos. It is a new philosophy but he is very clear on how he wants to play.
“He is very similar to Stuart [Gray] with regards to how he conducts himself on the training ground. He likes to get in and amongst it and work with the players.
“Carlos is very approachable and his work ethic is right up there.
“He is constantly reviewing videos of our past games and watching videos of the opposition coming up, analysing what their strengths are and trying to find weak points of where we can hopefully gain some sort of advantage. There will be no stone left unturned.”
Ex-Owls skipper Bullen says he expected their results to be mixed in the warm-up matches. In their last two outings, Wednesday slumped to a 4-2 defeat at Scunthorpe United before thrashing St Mirren five goals to nil.
“Pre-season was always going to be difficult results wise because there has been a big turnaround in players and in the management team,” he acknowledged. “I remember when I first joined the club as a player under Chris Turner and we must have let 12 players go and brought in 10.
“There was always going to be ups and downs as lots of players have come in and gone out. The St Mirren result has lifted everybody and given everyone confidence. It doesn’t matter who you play against; you’ve still got to go out and get the goals.
“Hopefully we can build on that performance against Bristol City, which will be a tough, tough game. We know they will be right up for it.”
Carvalhal regards Wednesday as “outsiders” for promotion this year and Bullen believes the second-tier will be very competitive.
“Derby, Middlesbrough and Fulham have thrown a lot of money at it and then you’ve got the three teams coming down from the Premier League with the parachute payments so it’s going to be hard,” he added.