Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal threatened to walk out of his press conference ahead of the team’s match against Fulham on Sunday.
Walking into the press room at the Middlewood training ground Carvalhal announced that he would not be answering any questions to do with his private life and situation.
When pushed on the issue of contracts Carvalhal closed up completely: “listen if you won’t change the question I’ll leave. I will leave.”
Suspicion regarding the exact details of the Portuguese manager’s contract have become particularly rife in the past week. He spoke to Radio Renascença, in his native Portugal, earlier in the week in an interview that hinted that he may be in a position to renew his contract. Contrary rumours have also arisen suggesting that Carvalhal could lose his job if Wednesday don’t win the play offs.
Carvalhal was also able to give updates on a number of injured Wednesday players, including defender Sam Hutchinson, who has been out of the squad for a month after picking up a calf injury in a tie with Barnsley.
Hutchinson is said to have returned to training and could well feature in the squad at the weekend. Winger Ross Wallace has also returned to training but is likely to be rested ahead of the playoffs.
The Owls boss said that there would be a few changes to the team’s recent lineup for Sunday’s game at Hillsborough. Carvalhal didn’t give specific details but alluded to the return of first team players who hadn’t been selected for a while.
“I will use players that are not often involved.”
Carvalhal also reacted to being named Championship manager of the month by saying that he wasn’t really interested in individual awards in football.
Overall the Owls boss is pleased with his team’s current form; “we are really very, very happy.”
Earlier in the day defender Daniel Pudil told journalists that he too was positive about the team’s future; “hopefully we will achieve something special.”
Pudil was also asked whether he has watched coverage of Steel City rivals Sheffield United’s victory parade earlier in the week.
“I don’t care about that, but it’s good for the city.
“We still have a job to do.”