Glenn Loovens hoping Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal hangs around for years

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal with captain Glenn Loovens
Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal with captain Glenn Loovens
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Sheffield Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens has poured praise on head coach Carlos Carvalhal as the pair get ready to battle for a place at Wembley for the second season in a row.

The Owls take on Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday hoping to take the first step towards another Play-Off Final, emulating the achievements of last season.

That was previously unknown Carvalhal's first campaign in English football and Loovens has hailed his boss for the way in which he has taken to the game on these shores.

The Portuguese stated recently that his contract at Hillsborough is soon up for renewal and his captain is hopeful that we will be seeing Carvalhal around for some time yet.

"He's done a great job so far for the club," said Loovens. "It is not always easy to come into English football as a foreign manager but I think he adjusted himself very well. I think he really likes it here and you can tell.

"He's done a great job for this club and hopefully there are plenty more years to come for him."

Despair at Wembley last season for Glenn Loovens and Carlos Carvalhal

Despair at Wembley last season for Glenn Loovens and Carlos Carvalhal

Loovens is clearly a big admirer of the head coach and adds that the relaxed attitude has earned him huge respect amongst the Owls squad,

"He's relaxed," said the Dutchman. "He never really shouts but when he needs to put his foot down he will and he shows who the boss is. I think everyone really respects him as a manager and a person which I think is important.

"At the end of the day, we all have the same goal and have to help each other. He tries to help us and we try to help him."