Carvalhal living boyhood dream at Owls

17 May

Carlos Carvalhal

Carvalhal was appointed Sheffield Wednesday head coach in June 2015

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal says it was his boyhood dream to reach Wembley.

The Owls drew with Brighton in the second leg of the Championship play-off to book their spot in the May 28 final.

“I used to see the games on a black and white TV and it used to be the final of the cup in England,” the Portuguese, 50, told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“I never thought I would go to Wembley one day and now this is something that we have achieved.”

It is the first time in 23 years that Wednesday have reached Wembley and they now have a chance to end their 16-year exile from the top flight.

The Owls were 19th in the Championship table at one point but Carvalhal, who took over in June 2015, has led them steadily up the league.

“I played football for a long time and the things that I remember is not the money, but the good moments when we played important games and when we reached cup finals,” he continued.

“These things are more than money, they make us stay in the history of the club. We are making history. It is something important and the players deserve it absolutely.”

Wednesday had only finished twice in the top half of the Championship before this season after being relegated from the Premier League in 2000.

They ended the season 15 points behind play-off opponents Brighton, but Ross Wallace’s strike cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s early goal on Monday to send Wednesday through 3-1 on aggregate.

“I said to the coach of Brighton that you don’t deserve all of this because they had a fantastic season, but also we deserve what we are leaving with,” Carvalhal added.

“It is something that we achieved together, as players and fans, and I am very happy and proud.”


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