VIDEO: Chairman Chansiri tasks Jos Luhukay with getting Sheffield Wednesday into Premier League as soon as possible

Sheffield Wednesday's new manager Jos Luhukay has been tasked with "finishing the job" of getting the club back in the Premier League.

Monday, 8th January 2018, 5:16 pm
Updated Monday, 8th January 2018, 5:35 pm
Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri and new manager Jos Luhukay

The 54-year-old Dutchman was unveiled to the media at Hillsborough after being appointed as only the Sky Bet Championship club's second overseas coach on Friday following last month's departure of Portuguese Carlos Carvalhal.

Carvalhal led the Owls to the play-offs in each of his two seasons in charge and club owner Dejphon Chansiri made clear his successor's goal.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri and new manager Jos Luhukay

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"He needs to finish the job - to bring us to the Premier League. As soon as he can," said Chansiri, who added the terms of Luhukay's contract would remain undisclosed.

Luhukay, out of work since quitting at Stuttgart in September 2016, has spent his entire managerial career in Germany and has won promotion to the Bundesliga three times, with Borussia Monchengladbach, Augsburg and Hertha Berlin.

"At this moment we must see how the table develops," Luhukay said. "We're 16th so the way to upstairs is long now.

"First we must get stability. There are a lot of injuries to very good players, so I must try and get the best out of the players who can play."

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri and new manager Jos Luhukay

Luhukay, who spent most of his playing career as a midfielder in the lower echelons of the Dutch and German leagues, faces a baptism of fire on Friday when the Owls take on city rivals Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

"I'm told of the passion that the fans have - it's a highlight day. Derbies are everywhere, in every country," said Luhukay, who did not appear daunted.

"I know in this city you have United and Wednesday and both come together on Friday for the second time this season.

"Emotion, atmosphere, passion. They are the things you feel and I hope the players have the motivation to play good football."

Chansiri said the club "would do their best" to strengthen a team depleted by a raft of injuries this season during the transfer window.

Luhukay also gave an insight into why he sought out a new challenge away from Germany for the first time.

"I like the football in England," he said. "It's great football, big stadiums. The fans have a lot of emotion and passion so that's why I like it so much to be a manager and work here.

"We will play good football, but it's important that now we must give the team stability. The team has not so much confidence at this moment.

"The last (few) weeks and months, it's not what the fans want to think about. The last two years it was fantastic. The step to the Premier League was very close."

Carvalhal left the club by mutual consent on Christmas Eve following the Owls' home defeat to Middlesbrough the previous day, which extended their winless run to eight matches.

Wednesday won 3-0 at Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day under caretaker boss Lee Bullen, but two straight league defeats since have left them 16th in the Championship, while they were held 0-0 by League Two Carlisle in the FA Cup third round on Saturday in Bullen's final game.