By Alex Stevens

Carlos Carvalhal has agreed a new Sheffield Wednesday contract, the club announced via their official Twitter account on Monday night.

The 50-year-old Portugese has extended his deal after guiding the Yorkshire giants into a Championship play-off position with four matches of the season remaining.

Wednesday are sixth in the table, five points ahead of Cardiff in seventh place, and have high hopes of clinching a play-off spot and ending their long period outside of the Premier League.

Carvalhal has been rewarded for making such a big impact in his first season in charge and, remarkably, following a three year spell of manager inactivity.

Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri said Carvalhal has been rewarded for following the remit when he was appointed.

“I am delighted that Carlos will be staying with Sheffield Wednesday,” Chansiri told the club’s website. “I am sure our supporters will also welcome this news as Carlos has led a complete overhaul of the style football we play, particularly at Hillsborough.

“The brief was for the team to play exciting, aggressive and entertaining football, which has been delivered.

Carvalhal was appointed the new Wednesday boss last June three years after his last managerial post ended in 2012.

Carvalhal replaced Stuart Gray, who was controversially sacked early last May after guiding the Owls to a comfortable 13th-placed finish last season.

The former centre-back has spent the bulk of his managerial career in his homeland but has led a raft of high profile clubs Europe, including Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon and Braga.

He had a short spell with Istanbul ahead of lengthy hiatus before his Wednesday appointment.