Swansea City appoints Carlos Carvalhal as news manager

Carlos Carvalhal

Swansea City appoints 52-year-old former Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon and Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal as Manager until the end of the season with the option of an extension.

Carvalhal, who parted company with Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve after leading the Owls to the Championship play-offs in successive seasons, will take charge of the Swans for the first time at Watford on Saturday.

The Portuguese agreed the deal late last night and travelled straight to Swansea overnight to meet his new squad and take training this morning. He replaces Paul Clement, who left the club a fortnight ago, and takes over the managerial duties from Leon Britton, who had taken caretaker charge for the last two games.

Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said: “We are very pleased with the appointment.

“We felt we needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and while the timing is not always perfect, we can look forward to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism.

“Carlos’ time at Sheffield Wednesday, which included securing two consecutive play-off places, highlighted that he has great character and personality to lead the squad and the football club, which is vital at such a crucial time.

“He has built up a lot of experience over the years which will ensure the team is structured and organised.

“He is driven and ambitious and while he has a big challenge ahead of him, I know he will tackle it without fear.”

Carlos Carvalhal is a former central defender with Braga and a Portugal Under-21 international, he moved into management in 1998 with Portuguese outfit Espinho before switching to Freamunde and then Aves.

Next up was Leixoes, where he became the first coach in Portugal to steer a third-tier team into the Uefa Cup.

After promotion, he left to join Vitoria Setubal, whom he guided into the Primeira Liga at the first time of asking.

Carvalhal then moved across Portugal for a 12-month stint with Belenenses before taking on the high-profile head coach position at Braga.

He then took charge at fellow top-flight side Beira-Mar before going back to Vitoria, where he promptly enjoyed his most productive year as a coach.

Vitoria finished sixth in the Primeira Liga and qualified for the Uefa Cup on the back of one of the best defensive records in Europe.

Vitoria also lifted the Portuguese League Cup, beating Sporting Lisbon in the final.

Carvalhal then headed to Greek side Asteras Tripolis for a spell that preceded a move back to the Portuguese top flight with Maritimo.

His success earned him the chance to coach European giants Sporting Lisbon on an interim basis and then Turkish big-hitters Besiktas.Carvalhal remained in Turkey, leading Istanbul Basaksehir, before taking up a technical director position at Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.

He moved to England for the first time in 2015, and he proved an astute appointment at Sheffield Wednesday.

Carvalhal guided the Owls to the Championship play-off final in his first year, but saw his side lose 1-0 to Hull City at Wembley.

He led Wednesday to a play-off spot once more the following season, but they lost to Huddersfield Town – who would go on to win promotion – on penalties at the semi-final stage back in May.

His appointment at Swansea sees him succeed in his quest to manage in the Premier League.

Source: swanseacity.com

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