Sheffield Wednesday senior man on radar of PL club - report
By Harvey Byrne
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal is on the radar of Premier League side Southampton, according to a report.
The Independent has claimed that the 51-year-old Owls boss is being targeted by the Saints with the south coast side expected to dismiss boss Claude Puel this month.
It is detailed that the Hampshire-based side have approached Hull manager Marco Silva to gauge his interest in taking the St. Mary’s job.
But, fellow Portuguese Carvalhal is also being sounded out after taking Sheffield Wednesday to a fourth place play-off finish this season.
It is claimed that the Owls senior man was in fact being considered by Southampton before they opted for Puel last summer and Carvalhal is now refusing to entertain any offers until Wednesday’s promotion bid is over.
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The experienced manager will lead his side against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield on Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium for the first leg before welcoming them to Hillsborough the Wednesday after.
It is the second consecutive season that Carvalhal has taken Sheffield Wednesday to the play-offs and they will be hoping for more success this time around as they were defeated 1-0 by Hull in the last campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
If Sheffield Wednesday are to progress as a club then it is clear that they must keep hold of Carvalhal, who has proven very successful at the Owls. However, the Yorkshire giants may also find that it is a struggle to keep hold of the Portugal national if they fail at another attempt at making the English top-flight. Southampton can certainly offer him more money and a bigger budget, but there are also worries that the club are now on a downward spiral after selling a number of their main assets over the past few years. Therefore, Sheffield Wednesday must do all that they can to keep hold of Carvalhal.
In other Sheffield Wednesday news, Owls fans reacted on Twitter to Leeds failing to make the play-offs.