Will this season be make-or-break for Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday?

Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) previews Carlos Carvalhal and Sheffield Wednesday ahead of the 2017/18 Championship season.


Carlos Carvalhal guided Sheffield Wednesday into the top six for the second successive season but his stock at Hillsborough diminished slightly after he failed to capitalise on an embarrassment of riches in attack as the Owls failed to assert themselves in the play-offs. Now he has a job on his hands keeping all his strikers happy, while the fans will expect the Portuguese to hit the ground running and mount an automatic promotion charge. George Boyd is a notable arrival, promising a bit more craft between the lines.


Carvalhal is a master at controlling the narrative with his quirky analogies that guarantee him nationwide exposure. Whether he’s comparing players to fish and potatoes, or performances to tuxedos and overalls, we all have a chuckle at his ramblings but the underlying message sticks. The Portuguese is brimming with charisma and confidence, achieving authority through his ability to hold the attention a crowd. A strong-willed and strategic thinker, he is a dominant presence and not the sort of manager that players are likely to confront.



It’s feels like make-or-break for Carvalhal. The Portuguese will be under scrutiny straight away and that sense of urgency surely dictates that his tactics will be more positive than they were towards the end of last season. If Wednesday take the bull by the horns, they could launch a genuine assault on the top two for the first time. If they don’t, the Portuguese might struggle to see campaign out. Ultimately, he has flattered to deceive up to this point. He might be cast as the nearly man once again.

Prediction: play-offs

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