Lee Bullen has been an invaluable ally since Carlos Carvalhal’s arrival at Sheffield Wednesday, the Portuguese has revealed.
Bullen was this week officially confirmed as Carvalhal’s assistant coach at the club, although he has acted in that capacity throughout his tenure.
Carvalhal praised the former Owls skipper and said his knowledge of the club has been particularly useful in helping the head coach settle in at Hillsborough.
“He’s experienced,” Carvalhal said. “He played at Sheffield Wednesday and he is very important as a coach here.
“He knows the football. And the first things is that he is a very good person. I’m very happy with him.
“Lee is a quiet guy and I like this kind of thing on my side.
“He knows the players from the youth and this is very important for the future of the club.
“If you have an assistant coach who cares about the boys and pushes the boys a lot, that is good for the club.
“I’m very happy with him, Andy Rhodes and all the people that are working with me.
“I’m happy with the team work.”
Bullen has officially relinquished his role as development squad boss with Neil Thompson taking the reins.
Carvalhal says Bullen’s knowledge of the club and its supporters has acted as a safety net as he himself begins to learn the Wednesday ways.
He said: “Sometimes you can make a big mistake with a small thing if you don’t know the culture of the club.
“This is not just here but around the world.
“The coaches that belong to the club know the culture of the club and can give you this kind of information.
“It’s very important. I know situations in the past in Portugal where for example the coach has said something the fans don’t accept because they don’t know the culture.
“They say, today we must play like Porto. But the fans hate Porto so after two weeks they fire the coach because he doesn’t have the right atmosphere to stay at the club.
“It’s little things.
“Of course, Lee can transmit this kind of information on the culture of the club. It’s very important.”