Sheffield Wednesday once again fell to defeat in the Championship this afternoon, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough at Hillsborough.
The loss made it seven without victory for the Owls, and any hope they had of mounting a challenge for the playoff places this season looks dead and buried already.
Following the game, manager Carlos Carvalhal had some difficult questions in his interviews with the local press, and following one question from Radio Sheffield’s Rob Staton, the Portuguese coach responded with words which will no doubt anger the Owls fans.
Asked Carlos Carvalhal about chants from some fans calling for him to go, and whether he would consider his position. “I’m doing my best… if we are not achieving at the moment let’s focus on the reasons… really I don’t think it’s my fault we are not winning games” #SWFC
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) December 23, 2017
The sight of a manager passing the book and not taking any blame for results is often a sign of a manager under intense pressure, and that is something that Carvalhal will definitely be feeling right now.
With Staton puttin the Tweet out there for all to see, it was bound to cause quite the reaction from Wednesday fans, who were no doubt left fuming by the news that Carvalhal is appearing to pass the blame.
Here’s a look at how Owls fans responded to the interview and some of their views on their manager’s comments…
Problem is the players clearly aren't playing for him and he clearly can't motivate them either. That Carlos my boy is most definitely YOUR fault.
— Marc (@MarcNormanton) December 23, 2017
— Prawn Sandwich Owl (@PRAWNSANDOWl) December 23, 2017
He’s the Wenger of the north
He thinks he’s untouchable
— Guitar Virtuoso Not (@shelbyguitars) December 23, 2017
Really? Not his fault? What about earlier in the season when we had minimal injuries and we were still crap? Or the tail end of last season. Jog on Carlos.
— dave parsons (@lukestayhomedad) December 23, 2017
That could be the comment that loses what little support he had left
— Martin Randerson (@mvrander) December 23, 2017