Friday 23 March 2018

Carlos Carvalhal reveals length of new Sheffield Wednesday contract

Sheffield Wednesday's former coach Carlos Carvalhal
Sheffield Wednesday's former coach Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has revealed he has signed a three-year deal with the club ahead of their Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Hull.

The former Besiktas boss agreed the deal in principle more than two months ago but felt that it was the right time for the details of his new contract were revealed before the club's first appearance at Wembley in 23 years.

"We are near the final and I understand it is a good moment to talk about this. I signed for another three years here. I didn't want to sign for that long - I wanted one year - but the chairman wanted three."

The Portuguese head coach also acknowledged he did not need a long-term contract to remain at the club for years to come.

"I don't need four years contract. I don't need money - I'm good with my life.

"If this happens [staying], I'm happy. Being happy is the people around you enjoying what you are doing. If they are I can stay here 10 years."

Going into the final, Carvalhal always believed his team could finish in the top six even when the Owls were languishing in 19th position after seven games of the season.

"At that moment, we probably had one per cent chance to get promoted. But even then we had 100 per cent faith. With time, we have achieved the play-offs. At that point, we had 25 per cent of the chances as there were four teams.

"At this moment, we have 50 per cent of the chances to win, even though in my opinion we are underdogs. We have more faith now."

The Wednesday manager has urged the fans to stay with the team at the 90,000 capacity stadium - no matter of the outcome from the match.

"My challenge to the fans is do your best, push the players from start to finish," he said.

"Applaud them when they make mistakes and let's see if this kind of energy will be enough to beat one of the strongest sides in the competition.

"Hull are a really good team with a good coach. It's a Premier League team. They have got their strong points but like all the teams in the world, they have their weak points."

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