It’s safe to say that Carlos Carvalhal’s time with Sheffield Wednesday came to a frustrating end early into the 2016/17 season.
Carvalhal guided the Owls to consecutive top-six finishes in the second tier, but they were unable to get over the line in the race for promotion, much to the frustration of some of the club’s supporters.
Wednesday then started Carvalhal’s third season in charge poorly, which led to the club parting company with the 54-year-old.
The former Owls boss is now in charge of Portuguese side Rio Ave, who are currently sat fifth in the top-flight standings, before the off-the-field crisis brought an abrupt halt to fixtures across Europe.
Speaking in an interview on the Singing The Blues podcast, Carvalhal revealed that he turned down approaches from other clubs to join them as their manager, and outlined his frustrations at not achieving promotion into the Premier League with the club.
“In the first year, I had an opportunity to go to the Premier League but I said no and that I wanted to stay at Sheffield Wednesday.
“In the second season, I also had very good proposals to go to Championship clubs with more money and I said ‘no, I want to stay at Sheffield Wednesday because of the chairman, the players and the fans.’ I was very clear…I wanted to stay because I felt like I could do something and we could get promoted.
“But I felt a bit of pain because the moment that I needed the fans and the people to help me…I had seven or eight players out of the squad and the people turned their backs to me at that moment.”
Carvalhal went on to admit that he thought he would have been able to achieve promotion into the Premier League with the Owls if he had his injured players available, but understood the club’s decision to part company with him when they did.
“We were so bad in the past. We did one final of the play-offs at Wembley. We did a semi-final. We didn’t go for direct promotion but if we continued to do our work and recover seven or eight players that we had out, we would achieve the play-offs in the minimum and get promoted.
“People lost their patience very easy and turned their back at that moment. It is a small pain but I understand. It is football and results were not the same. We were not playing the same way.”
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It was a frustrating end to his time with Sheffield Wednesday.
Carvalhal was impressive in his time in charge with the Owls, and it’s a shame that he couldn’t achieve promotion with them in his third season.
The Owls had their fair share of injuries in that season to be fair, but as a manager, you need to find a way to cope without some of those.
Sheffield Wednesday haven’t improved since he left, and Garry Monk will know that results simply have to improve at the earliest of opportunities.