Carlos says a fond farewell to Hillsborough

Carlos Carvalhal has spoken of his sadness following the Christmas Eve announcement that he has left Wednesday by mutual consent.

It is 44 years ago to the day that Hillsborough legend Derek Dooley was cruelly sacked from the manager’s role and today Carvalhal said a fond farewell to S6 after two and a half years at the helm.

Saturday’s home defeat to Middlesbrough was our seventh successive game without a win and, speaking to the club website on Sunday, the head coach said: “The chairman and myself talked after the game and we believes this was the correct timing to make this decision.

“Of course, I am very sad at this moment because I have enjoyed my two seasons and a half so much with Sheffield Wednesday. We had two fantastic seasons and two play-offs on the row but unfortunately we have not managed to replicate these positions this season.”

He added: “Now is the time to focus on the wonderful experiences I have enjoyed at Sheffield Wednesday and the friends I have made.

“The fans are fantastic, unbelievable, and I would like to thank them every much. They have given me some memories that I will always cherish.

“I would like to thank all the players for the way they have given me nothing else than 100 per cent support and commitment.”

The club had earlier confirmed Carvalhal’s departure, with chairman Dejphon Chansiri saying: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Carlos for the time, effort and commitment he has given Sheffield Wednesday over the last two and a half years.

“Both parties believe the time is right to go our separate ways.

“I maintain a huge amount of respect for Carlos as a coach and as a person and he will always be welcome at Hillsborough.

“I wish him every success in the future.”

Lee Bullen will take charge of the team for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day and until a permanent appointment is made.

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