After Sheffield Wednesday’s play off semi-final defeat to Huddersfield Town, there was certain unrest amongst fans regarding Carlos Carvalhal’s future.
Owls’ chairman Dejphon Chansiri acted with no hesitation to extend the Portuguese boss’ stay at S6.
Confirmation of Carlos’ extension has spread delight amongst the majority of the Wednesday faithful.
In this modern day football era, chairmen are quick to act upon a poor run of form or underachievement by showing their management staff the exit door.
This week Wolves changed their manager, bringing another Portuguese boss to the Championship in the shape of Nuno Espirito Santo, with Paul Lambert leaving Molineux after just seven months in charge.
Espirito Santo is their fourth manager in ten months and Wolves’ owners aren’t alone in permeating the ‘hire them and fire them’ nature of the game now.
Acting sensibly, and with realism, Chansiri’s actions must be applauded as he stays honourable to the cause. Tying down Carvalhal so soon after the play off semi-final defeat has reversed any disappointment into a sense of hope and aspiration amongst everyone associated with Sheffield Wednesday.
Carvalhal is now the Championship’s third longest standing manager behind Mick McCarthy of Ipswich Town and Simon Grayson of Preston North End.
Huge credit must go to Chansiri; his understanding that success is measured long term, accompanied with his integral business knowledge will hopefully be rewarded next season; third time lucky?
Chansiri’s swift action has now given Wednesday two years of stability and momentum ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. With this advantage, the Owls will again strive to improve next season in the final league standings as they have done so every year since promotion from League One, five years ago.
Carvalhal recently stated that he aims to recruit ‘four or five’ new players to drive the club onwards and upwards. With the financial backing and the determination of the chairman, there is no reason why Sheffield Wednesday cannot aim for a top two finish next term.
With luck and success determined by fine margins, summer recruits will play a fundamental part in Wednesday’s upcoming campaign.
Carlos’ dream of an automatic promotion push must now be ready to become reality next season.