Alan Biggs at Large: They’ve got a coach, now let’s get some players in at Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal leads his first training session as Sheffield Wednesday head coach
Carlos Carvalhal leads his first training session as Sheffield Wednesday head coach
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Sorry if you were expecting a bigger slab on Sheffield Wednesday but really there’s not much to add – until next Thursday when I’m assured owner Dejphon Chansiri will happily address the sort of fundamental questions posed here last week.

Until then, and afterwards, the big question is player acquisition.

by Pete McKee

by Pete McKee

To what extent will Chansiri back an unheralded Portuguese management team headed up by Carlos Carvalhal?

His credentials would be easy to discredit but, inspired choice or otherwise, Carvalhal’s fate is not entirely in his own hands.

No disrespect to early captures Darryl Lachman and Vincent Sasso but, superficially at least, the two defenders will strike some fans as typical of pre-takeover low-key recruitment.

Evidence of moving to a new level by landing better known, proven talent would be much welcomed – as the spotlight moves to the expensive end of the field.

The promise of a more attacking brand of football hits the right note - providing there are players to deliver it. Judgement must be deferred and Chansiri’s appeal for the “trust and confidence” of fans stirred echoes of Milan Mandaric.

Secrecy over the new coach’s contract?

Well, yes and no. You can call it anything from two years to ten but really it’s only about the severance clause – normally 12 months either way.

And if Carvalhal lasts to next season he will be doing very well in the current football climate.