Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Kind’ Chansiri relishing Carvalhal revolution

Carlos Carvalhal, left, and Dejphon Chansiri
Carlos Carvalhal, left, and Dejphon Chansiri
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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has stressed his relationship with chairman Dejphon Chansiri is is “very good” as he seeks to get Wednesday’s season back on track.

The Owls, who take on promotion contenders Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon, are without a victory in the Championship since their opening day success over Bristol City.

The pressure is mounting on Carvalhal to improve their league form, with Chansiri having provided the funds to bring in 15 new players over the summer. The Thai businessman has set a target of promotion to the Premier League within two seasons.

Carvalhal told The Star: “I have spoken with the chairman (during the international break) but they are private conversations.

“We have a very good relationship. He [Chansiri] is a very kind person. He likes the club so much and enjoys what we are doing.”

It is likely Carvalhal will make multiple changes in Lancashire. New recruits Daniel Pudil, Michael Turner, Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri are all in the frame to start while Glenn Loovens has recovered from his ankle problem.

Wednesday are sweating over the fitness of Keiren Westwood, who picked up a minor knock in training on Thursday, but Carvalhal remains confident the goalkeeper will be available for selection.

Expectation levels have soared at Hillsborough following a major summer overhaul and Carvalhal is pleased with the squad the club have assembled.

“Our expectations are higher now from the staff to the players,” said the Portuguese. “The quality of the team has improved.

“We believe that the quality of the football will improve in the future but I can’t tell you that we will win the match on Saturday.

“I believe we have got players that the fans will love.”

Nearly 2,400 Wednesdayites will cheer Carvalhal’s men on today as the Owls look to continue their fine recent at Burnley. You have to go back to 2000 for the last time the Clarets beat Wednesday in their own backyard.

Aided by the parachute payments, Burnley have retained the bulk of their squad who failed to stay in the Premier League last season.

Striker Andre Gray, a £6m purchase from Brentford last month, is in contention to make his home debut while former Sheffield United player Matt Lowton is fit-again following a shin problem.

“It is not just about money in football,” insisted Carvalhal. “Burnley are a strong side, good at set pieces and it will be a match that will be similar to Ipswich.

“On the pitch, we must fight and do our best.”

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