Andy Hinchcliffe on Sheffield Wednesday promotion hopes, admits having no idea who Carlos Carvalhal was

The Portuguese boss has performed wonders at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday fans are starting to believe that this might finally be the year that their team makes its way back to the Premier League.

The Owls are in fantastic form at the moment, unbeaten in their last seven Championship fixtures, and sit fifth in the table - just five points behind Middlesbrough in second place and the automatic places.

Their form has come after an excellent summer of recruitment at the club and one former Sheffield Wednesday player believes that has been key to their success.

Andy Hinchcliffe, who played for Wednesday from 1998 to 2002 at the end of his career, had this to say about his former club - telling Sky Sports News today (19/02/2016):

"I certainly hope so because this is an absolute giant of a football club. Of course we have seen this before. Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds, Man City dropping out of the Premier League and going missing for a number of years.

"I was with Sheffield Wednesday for four years. It is such a traditional club, the fanbase is absolutely enormous.

"They've got the balance right now. They got players in like (Fernando) Forestieri, (Barry) Bannan is a top player for them and Lucas Joao is a top scorer for them."

He did not stop there however. He also paid credit to the club's manager Carlos Carvalhal:

"But it all stems really from Carlos Carvalhal. I had never heard of him. Looked at his track record, he had sort of been around 16 clubs in Portugal, came to the Championship and I thought surely this can't work.

"I've chatted to him, I've done a number of his games. A brilliant guy, a fantastic coach. The players love playing for him, I think that's what it is all about, that relationship he has with the Wednesday players..."

The Portuguese gaffer was not an entirely popular appointment in the summer but he has proven himself in the Championship with some fantastic additions and some excellent football being played at Hillsborough.

If Wednesday can keep up this current form then surely they have a massive chance of returning to the Premier League after a 16 year absence.

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