Carlos Carvalhal not thinking about promotion next season

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday lost 1-0 in the Championship playoff final to Hull City.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Quoted by BBC Sport, Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has played down the notion that his side will go one better next season and win promotion to the Premier League.

Carvalhal's side lost 1-0 to Hull City in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday as their Premier League dream went up in smoke, with Mohamad Diame netting a 72nd-minute winner for the Tigers and pre-match favourites.

It was a fairytale season for Premier League champions Leicester City, but promotion to the top flight would have also been a hugely captivating story from a Sheffield Wednesday perspective, though it proved a bridge too far in the end.

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The unfancied Owls have been exceptional in 2016, stringing together a fine run of form which had seen them guarantee themselves a top-six finish in the 2015-16 season.

But the Portuguese boss Carvalhal is under no illusions of how hard it'll be to right the wrongs from Wembley, insisting that promotion next season is a "very difficult task".

Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring the first goal for Hull City with Ahmed Elmohamady

"We're a strong side, but we start our work in the months ahead to create a stronger side, month-by-month, year-by-year," he said via BBC Sport.

"To say we'll be among the promotion candidates is not a good idea. It's going to be a very difficult task.

"At the moment, it's a feeling we'll start next season better than the last one, for sure."

Sheffield Wednesday fans before the game

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