Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal's pride in his staying power

Carlos Carvalhal has described as '˜priceless' the backing he has received at Sheffield Wednesday and says that was what made him stay on at Hillsborough for a third year.

Monday, 19th June 2017, 9:10 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th June 2017, 2:53 pm
Carlos Carvalhal salutes the fans at the end of the regular season at Hillsborough

The Owls head coach finished his second season in charge in fourth place in the Championship, two positions higher than in his first.

After it became apparent that Carvalhal’s contract would run out at the end of the campaign, there were rumours of a return to Portugal or a job at a higher level.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

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However, Carvalhal says the support he has received in his time in South Yorkshire, helped make up his mind to agree a new deal.

“I realised people wanted me to stay, regardless of promotion,” Carvalhal told Portuguese newspaper Diário Record. “(Dejphon Chansiri) was counting on me, and the understanding of continuity was quick even before these rumours appeared. I gave him my word but said we would decide after knowing what the fans and the players thought.

“When the season was over, I saw most of the fans asking me to stay, and the captain knocked on the door on the last day saying the players wanted me to stay. I did not let the rumours grow and I renewed. The desire to train the Premier League is no greater than training a club that I like and where they like me, where they sing my name, where players like to work with me, and this is priceless.”

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Carlos Carvalhal and his team salute the traveling fans after a draw at Huddersfield in the play-off semi-final first leg
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal and his team salute the traveling fans after a draw at Huddersfield in the play-off semi-final first leg