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Ex Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal says he had offers to return to England

Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal says he had offers to return to England before opting to join Sporting Braga in the summer, Marca report.

The Portuguese boss is currently enjoying an excellent start at Braga.

The Archibishops are second in Portuguese table following a six-game winning run, while still in the domestic cups and likely to progress in the Europa League.

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 13: manager Carlos Carvalhal

But it could have been a very different story for Carvalhal this season.

The former Owls boss claims he wanted to return to England and had offers to do so, but the pandemic ultimately prompted him to remain closer to his family in Portugal.

I am very satisfied with that revelation role that I already achieved with Leixoes, Vitória Setúbal or Sheffield Wednesday. I had offers from England, my intention was to go back there, and I was very close to Flamengo. I finally decided to stay in Portugal because of the pandemic and because my family asked me not to leave.

Carvalhal led the Owls to successive playoff campaigns, first losing in the final to Hull City before crashing out on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the semi-final a year later.

The Portuguese boss was a popular figure at Hillsborough. However, he left by mutual consent midway through a third campaign which saw the team nosedive and fail to recover.

After a brief spell in charge with Swansea City, Carvalhal left England and rebuilt his reputation with an extremely successful spell at Rio Ave back in his native Portugal.

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A Bola claimed Flamengo came calling in a deal worth around £430,000. But staying in Portugal and moving to Braga may turn out to be a better decision.

The Championship is highly competitive resulting in several managerial changes each year. It surely won’t be long before Carvalhal gets another opportunity over here.

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