Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss defends striker sale

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Carlos Carvalhal has defended his decision to sell striker Stevie May to Championship rivals Preston North End.

The Scotland international returns to Hillsborough for the first time since leaving the South Yorkshire club a month ago. Preston paid £1m to capture May before the transfer window shut.

Carvalhal, Wednesday’s head coach, told The Star: “He was one of the players who wanted to play regular football. As soon as he told me that, I wasn’t going to stand in his way.

“He came with a lot of expectations and having scored a lot of goals in Scotland.

“I started to talk to the chairman to try and find a player for the same position. We had expectations with Fernando [Forestieri] and he came in.

“We got an offer so it was natural. Stevie wanted to play, we got a player in that position (Fernando Forestieri) so he went to Preston to be happy.”

With Joe Garner suspended following his red card against Wolves, May could be recalled to the starting line-up.

“Stevie is a good player so we have got to keep an eye on him,” said Carvalhal. “They [Preston] have good players in attack who are very dangerous so we must be careful with them.

“He will give the maximum but so will we.”

May insists there are no “hard feelings” over his Owls exit.

“Ideally I would have been playing at Sheffield Wednesday when the season started but the new manager came in and things had changed,” he said.

“That’s football, there are new owners at the club and the focus has changed a bit.

“They are really going for it now, they’ve put a lot of money in.

“There has been a lot of signings and a lot of money spent, so there’s a whole load of players there not getting a game on a Saturday.

“I think there are over 30 players in the squad, so people are always going to be left disappointed.

“Only eleven can start games on a Saturday, so that’s a lot of people being left out.

“I just didn’t want to be training every day then sitting in the stand or in the house at weekends.

“I want to be playing football so it was best for me and best for Wednesday if I left.

“I was probably just a bit unlucky. Sometimes in football things happen that you can’t control.

“Wednesday got money to spend and the outlook changed, that’s life. “f they are signing people for good money then they’re the ones who will get a crack at it first.”

It is not just May with Wednesday connections on Preston’s books. They also have Chris Kirkland, Marnick Vermijl and Will Keane. Vermijl is not allowed to play due to the terms of his loan agreement.

He said: “There are a good few of us who have played there and we are all looking forward to it. It is a good prospect to go back and play at somewhere you have been before and we are all looking forward to it.

“The history of the stadium, the size of it, it has a lot of character, but if we can start well and get on the front foot from the start, then anything can happen. They will be in good spirits from the recent results they had and it should be a good fixture.”

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