CARLOS CREDITS CHAIRMAN
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.”