Swansea News: Swans part ways with Carvalhal

9 months ago

In the latest Swansea news, manager Carlos Carvalhal has left the club after failing to save them from relegation from the Premier League.

The Portuguese coach was hired in December following the sacking of Paul Clement, with the Swans having made a dreadful start to the season and residing in the relegation zone when Carvalhal arrived.

The Welsh outfit enjoyed an upturn in fortunes initially following the former Sheffield Wednesday manager’s appointment, with a run of one loss in nine matches edging them towards safety.

However, Swansea failed to win any of their final eight matches, losing six times as they slipped through the trap door to end a seven-year stint in the Premier League.

Having initially held talks with Carvalhal over a long-term deal when things were going well, the club have now decided to end their relationship given the 52-year-old only penned a contract until the end of the season when appointed.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said: “We’d like to put on record our thanks to Carlos for his enthusiasm, hard work and commitment since arriving at the club in December.

“Naturally, we are all disappointed with the club’s relegation from the Premier League, and following discussions with Carlos, we felt it was in the best interests of both parties that we move in a new direction.

“We will now be looking to appoint a new manager in readiness for the 2018-19 season.

“While there are already rumours linking us with several managers, it is vital that we identify the right person to take this team forward.”

Carvalhal is the fifth manager to depart the Liberty Stadium in the last two-and-a-half-years.

Former Wales boss Chris Coleman is the early 7/4 favourite with Skybet to take over, having left Sunderland recently, while former Swans boss Michael Laudrup is 6/1 to return to the club.