Benito Carbone has reaffirmed his desire to one day return to Sheffield Wednesday as manager.
The Italian, a popular figure as a player at Hillsborough in the late 90s, and who declared his interest in the Owls job when Dave Jones was sacked in December 2013, says the club should be back amongst the elite of the Premier League.
It has been 15 years since Wednesday were last playing in the top division but the recent takeover by Dejphon Chansiri has made people sit up and take notice.
However, the Thai businessman has given his support to head coach Stuart Gray who has been a steadying influence and a popular figure amongst players and supporters since taking over from Jones 16 months ago.
“I think Wednesday have to be back in the Premier League,” Carbone told the Sun. “They are a big, big club - one of the first clubs in England. History says they must be in the Premier League and I am sure I am the man to get them back there.
“With this manager, they have never had the risk of being relegated. He has done well. But they are missing something to go on the next step. They need more motivation and quality. I can bring that - and it wouldn’t even have to cost a lot of money.”
Carbone’s arrival at Wednesday was one of the biggest signings in the club’s history as he was snapped up from Inter Milan for £3m and went on to star for the club in a three year spell.
More recently, Carbone was employed by Leeds United as a sporting director in April 2014 but left the West Yorkshire club last August.
The 43-year-old managed Pavia in the Italian third tier before switching to Varese in Serie B. After being sacked, he took over at fourth tier outfit Saint-Christophe Vallée d’Aoste.
Bolton Wanderers are reported to be closing in on a deal for Gary Madine, who was released by Wednesday last month.
The striker has reportedly rejected offers from Birmingham City, Blackpool and Leeds United in order to join the Trotters.