An emotional Carlos Carvalhal declared himself the happiest manager in the world after his reception from Sheffield Wednesday fans.
Carvalhal only left Hillsborough eight weeks ago, but found himself back there with new club Swansea for Saturday’s 0-0 draw in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The 52-year-old twice led Wednesday into the Championship play-offs and came out of the tunnel early before applauding all four sides of the ground at the final whistle and was full of gratitude to his former club.
He said: “I almost cried after the game when two fans came to talk with me. It’s a very emotional moment.
“I must say thank you to Sheffield Wednesday for the way that the fans received me, the buzz in the stadium, the players, also the manager (Jos Luhukay), the staff, everybody. It’s the part that I love in football.
“I felt big recompense for everything I gave to Sheffield Wednesday and I’m very proud. It’s something I’ll never forget. I tried to concentrate on the things that I must do but I must tell you it was hard.
“To come back after five years or 10 years will be great. To come back after eight weeks and have this kind of reception makes me the most happy manager in the world.”
A replay was not the result either manager wanted, with Swansea now having been taken to a second match in all three ties they have played in this season’s FA Cup.
Carvalhal said: “It looks like that movie Police Academy – Police Academy 1, Police Academy 2 and we think we’re going to Police Academy 3 in this moment because it’s the third time.
“But it’s the reality and we still have an opportunity to stay in the cup so it’s nothing negative. Credit to Sheffield Wednesday, in the first 25 minutes they pressed us and created problems. At the end I think the result is fair and let’s go to another game.”
A replay added another fixture to Wednesday’s hectic schedule but manager Luhukay was proud of his players’ performance.
He said: “We had a very strong beginning, we had a very good chance with Adam Reach. After that we played very good football I think. Swansea had one very good chance, and Cammie Dawson made a fantastic save.
“We stay in the FA Cup. Now we must go to Swansea and I know it’s a hard game for us but we must try to go a round further.”