Sheffield Wednesday: One day I want to manage the Owls, says Beni

Former Owls favourite Benito Carbone back on familiar turf at Hillsborough
Former Owls favourite Benito Carbone back on familiar turf at Hillsborough
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Former Wednesday record signing Beni Carbone is aiming to join the ranks of foreigners who are managing English clubs.

The 42-year-old is looking for a job after learning his trade in his home country of Italy.

His dream is to manage the Owls one day - but he is also an admirer of Dave Jones.

Carbone watched last Saturday’s match against Ipswich as part of a weekend trip to England from his home in Milan.

He has coached or managed at three Italian clubs over the last two and a half years and in his quest for a new challenge resigned as boss of Saint-Cristophe Vallee d’Aoste this year after reviving them in the Lega Pro Seconda division.

“I want to be a manager in England - I think it is the best for my career,” he told The Star. “The league is the best in the world. I think of England as my second home, and when we talk about Sheffield we talk about my family. Whenever I see Wednesday fans anywhere in the world, they remember me fondly.

“I spent the best three years of my English career when I was with Wednesday and I was happy to be back.

“It is my dream to manage the club. This is just my vision, one day to manage the club where I used to play. But I have nothing against Dave Jones, and he is a good manager.

“I turned down three or four offers from teams in Italy, because my preference is to be a manager in England.”

Carbone took over Saint-Christophe when they were bottom and guided them up the table. He says he quit the club because of restrictions placed upon him. He believes managers in England have more freedom than he was allowed: “After I left, the club lost five games and drew one and were relegated.”

Carbone, a £3 million record buy when he was signed from Inter Milan in 1996, had sticky times as well as good ones at Hillsborough.

He says: “When I was at the club I just wanted to play. I was young, I am a man now, mature, with a different mentaility, and being a coach is completely different from being a young player.”