Sheffield Wednesday: Unknown tip for Owls job

Carlos Carvalhal
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Former Besiktas and Sporting boss Carlos Carvalhal has emerged as a shock favourite to replace Stuart Gray at Sheffield Wednesday.

The 49-year-old was yesterday expected to sign a contract to become boss of Paços de Ferreira in his native Portugal but the deal did not go through.

And he was quickly backed in as odd-on favourite to become new head coach of the Owls despite being relatively unknown in British football.

Dejphon Chansiri has conducted his search in particularly close counsel with his team of advisors, just as he did with his decision to sack Gray on Thursday.

And Carvalhal’s emergence as a candidate came from left-field yesterday.

The Portuguese has not been in charge of a club since 2012 when he left Istanbul BB after six months in charge, though he has continued to coach and wrote a book on coaching.

Carvalhal has been boss of 14 clubs in a 14 year spell, mainly employed in Portugal with a mixed record.

He took third tier Leixoes to the final of the Portuguese Cup, earning a place in UEFA Cup qualifying in the process. Vitoria were promoted to the top flight in his first spell in charge and he returned three years later to guide them to a sixth place finish, UEFA Cup qualification and win the League Cup.

Former West Ham United and Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce was the top pick by Owls fans in a poll conducted on the Star website.

Of the 336 to respond, 59 per cent opted for Allardyce as the man they wanted to see as the next Owls boss.

Ex-Watford chief Slavisa Jokanovic was second with 25 per cent with former Brentford manager Mark Warburton third with seven per cent.