New manager talks of ‘exciting challenge’

Dutch coach Jos Luhukay has talked of his plans for Wednesday after being confirmed as our new boss on Friday night.

As with Carlos Carvalhal two and a half years ago, Luhukay arrives at Hillsborough as an unknown to the vast majority of Wednesday fans.

The 54-year-old, who is expected to have a watching brief for our FA Cup tie at Carlisle on Saturday before officially taking charge on Monday, has a great deal of coaching experience in the German Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga and every club he has coached in 2. Bundesliga has achieved promotion.

His first game in charge at S6 will be the derby against Sheff U at Bramall Lane next Friday and Luhukay said: “In Germany, I have turned down offers from the Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga in recent months because I have been looking for an entirely new challenge.

“Sheffield Wednesday is exactly the exciting challenge for which I have been waiting. We shall now work together with all the staff at the club and the fans, to stabilise the team, and following that, improve it step by step with discipline, effort, commitment and creativity to take it up.”


Chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jos to Hillsborough. Following an extensive search for the right candidate to take us forward, I am thoroughly convinced Jos is that man.”

Luhukay led FC Augsburg to the Bundesliga in 2011 and moved to Hertha Berlin a year later, taking them to the top tier in his first season. He then steered the Berlin side to an 11th-placed finish in their first season back in the Bundesliga but was sacked in February 2015.

His last role was in a short spell as coach of VfB Stuttgart, taking charge in May 2016 but leaving four months later after falling out with the chairman.



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