The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SHEFFIELD Wed­nes­day man­ager Car­los Car­val­hal ad­mits his head could have been on the chop­ping block due to a poor run of re­sults be­fore he started to win over his crit­ics at Hills­bor­ough.

The Por­tuguese boss had man­aged 14 clubs since 1998, but was plucked from seem­ingly nowhere by chair­man De­jphon Chan­siri given that his last job at Is­tan­bul Baskase­hir ended three years ago.

The Owls have played slicker football un­der Car­val­hal and now he has man­aged to com­bine style with sub­stance – with a bril­liant Cap­i­tal One Cup vic­tory at New­cas­tle sand­wiched by wins over Ful­ham and Brent­ford.

How­ever, Car­val­hal says that many of his for­mer bosses would have sacked him fol­low­ing a home de­feat to Mid­dles­brough at the end of Au­gust.

“I have a very sup­port­ive chair­man but af­ter the Mid­dles­brough game, in dif­fer­ent coun­tries that I have worked and in the same sit­u­a­tion the chair­man prob­a­bly would have fired me,” said Car­val­hal.

“I never feared for my job. In dif­fer­ent coun­tries, they would prob­a­bly have changed the coach. But we have started do­ing well.

“I have very big self-con­fi­dence. When, in the past, a club has put me out, I have never been wor­ried.

“I’ve said ‘You’re los­ing a very good coach’. I think in this way all the time and peo­ple can crit­i­cise me, but it is my way.”

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