Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer queries ‘strange’ Carvalhal appointment

Dejphon Chansiri
Dejphon Chansiri

Owls great Carlton Palmer has questioned Sheffield Wednesday’s decision to hire Carlos Carvalhal as their new head coach, describing the appointment as “very, very strange”.

Since hanging up his boots at the age of 32, Carvalhal has managed 14 clubs in 14 years, including a spell in charge of Turkish giants Besiktas.

Carlton Palmer

Carlton Palmer

The 49-year-old’s results have been mixed as a boss, with most of his postings coming in his native Portugal.

He will officially be unveiled by the Owls at a press conference this Thursday.

Media pundit Palmer is unconvinced by Carvalhal’s managerial pedigree, claiming the Championship club should have kept faith with Stuart Gray after helped them to a 13th-placed finish last season.

Palmer, capped 18 times by England, also has his reservations over Wednesday’s committee structure and called on chairman Dejphon Chansiri to get out his chequebook this summer.

Carlos Carvalhal leads his first training session as Sheffield Wednesday head coach

Carlos Carvalhal leads his first training session as Sheffield Wednesday head coach

He told The Star: “To me, it is a very, very strange appointment.

“The chairman [Dejphon Chansiri] wants to get in the Premier League by 2017 and has brought in his own guy, but where is Carvalhal’s form and background?

“Carvalhal has managed 14 clubs but you would like to see something on his record that suggests he’s going to do a good job.

“I am not worried by the fact that Carvalhal has not managed in the UK before but there is nothing of any real note on his CV.

“Stuart [Gray] did a fantastic job and I think he had earned the right to be given a shot at it. What more could he have done with the resources that he had?

“I have worked with Stuart. He is a good coach. If he had been given money to strengthen the team, he would have got them promoted.”

Meanwhile, ADO Den Haag striker Michiel Kramer, who reportedly rejected a move to Wednesday last month, is expected to join United Arab Emirates side Baniyas this week.

The 26-year-old Dutch player notched 17 goals last season, the third highest tally in the Dutch top division, and is believed to have attracted the interest of several clubs in England, including Brentford and Charlton Athletic.

“This offer was financially attractive,” Kramer said. “This I could not pass up.”

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