Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal aims to repay '˜unbelievable' Owls fans

Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal is determined to 'repay' the club's loyal fans by leading the Championship club to glory next season.

Owls fans
Owls fans

Despite securing their highest-place finish in 17 years, the Owls missed out on promotion to the top-flight.

Wednesday lost in the play-offs for the second year running as Huddersfield Town beat Carvalhal’s men 4-3 on penalties in the semi-finals after it finished 1-1 on aggregate over two legs.

Owls supporters

Although the Owls fell short at the final hurdle, head coach Carvalhal is confident the team can be involved in the promo tion shake-up again next term.

Carvalhal, who agreed a contract extension earlier this week, said: “Everybody knows we must come back strong because the support we had all season was unbelievable.

“It was an unbelievable atmosphere in the second leg (of the play-offs) and we must repay the fans on the pitch and give a lot of happiness to them.”

The Portuguese chief said the supporters played a big part in persuading him to prolong his Hillsborough stay.

Owls supporters

“I received a lot of messages from the fans and I am sure that I must stay given this warm environment that I feel inside the club,” said Carvalhal.

Slow starts in each of the last two campaigns have hindered Wednesday’s ability to mount a top-two push.

Carvalhal admitted: “The beginning of the season is very important and I hope we can start better and win more points. If we start well and are near the first positions, we can do well.”