Carlos Carvalhal extends contract at Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal has agreed a new deal with Sheffield Wednesday
Carlos Carvalhal has agreed a new deal with Sheffield Wednesday
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has extended his deal beyond the end of the season.

The Portuguese was handed a one year contract when he took charge of Wednesday last June.

But after guiding the Owls to the brink of a top six finish, he has agreed a new deal at Hillsborough.

The club have yet to confirm the length of Carvalhal’s new deal but Wednesdayites will be buoyed by the added security over the head coach, who has been linked with a move away after his successful first season in S6.

Premier League side Swansea City have repeatedly been linked with a move for the former Besiktas and Sporting boss, who has also been tipped for a return to his native Portugal.

Carvalhal’s backroom staff have also had their deals extended.

Tuesday night’s clash with MK Dons will be Carvalhal’s 50th in charge of Wednesday. He has won 23 of his 49 games in charge so far.

On appointing the 50-year-old, chairman Dejphon Chansiri handed him a remit of building a team to play entertaining football as they worked towards promotion

to the Premier League.

And the Thai businessman believes Carvalhal has delivered what was asked of him.

“I am delighted that Carlos will be staying with Sheffield Wednesday,” Chansiri told the club’s official website.

“I am sure our supporters will also welcome this news as Carlos has led a complete overhaul of the style football we play, particularly at Hillsborough. 

“The brief was for the team to play exciting, aggressive and entertaining football, which has been delivered.

“I look forward to working with Carlos both now and in the future.”

Carvalhal has proved incredibly popular with Wednesdayites after delivering on Chansiri’s remit in some style as well as putting the club back on course for the much-desired promotion to the Premier League.

His Owls coaching career began with a 2-0 win over Bristol City on the opening day of the season.

While Wednesday failed to win any of their next six league games, their season kicked into life in mid-September and they have rarely looked back.

The superb Capital One Cup run produced wins over Newcastle United and Arsenal, the latter coming in front of more than 35,000 supporters at Hillsborough.

Since mid-December, Wednesday have never dropped lower than seventh in the Championship and have strengthened their bid for a play-off place by opening up a five point cushion in recent weeks.

They have four games remaining in which to cement a top six berth as they look for a return to English football’s top flight for the first time in 16 years.