Could Carlos Carvalhal stay on at Swansea City?

by Jack Kitson / 14 May 2018, 15:08

Carlos Carvalhal could be set to stay on at Swansea City after the club’s majority shareholders asked him if he’d be interested in spearheading their 2018/19 Championship campaign.

Last week, after a costly defeat at home to Southampton, reports revealed that Carvalhal would be leaving the Swans when his short-term contract expired at the end of the season.

Bookmakers subsequently opened up the Next Swansea Manager Market, installing Chris Coleman, Graham Potter and Chris Wilder as the early favourites for the post.

Swansea’s relegation was then confirmed over the weekend following a 2-1 defeat at home to Stoke.

However, contrary to last week’s reports, Carvalhal revealed that the club’s majority shareholders, Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, had in fact asked him if he’d be keen to stay on:

“The news that came out this week was not real.

“I spoke to the owners on Saturday and they asked me about the possibility to work the next season.

“We didn’t know what would happen today, so I replied I need a little time to think.

“I will take two or three days to talk with my family, my friends and my agent.

“After that I will talk with the club again and we will make a decision, for me and for Swansea because this is a fantastic club with a good organisation.

“We must come back (to the Premier League) as soon as possible, whether it is with me or not we will see.

“They said they want to talk to me and that makes me very proud.”

In two previous full seasons in the Championship Carvalhal led Sheffield Wednesday to back-to-back play-off finishes, before losing his job back in December.

However, just four days after his Owls exit the Portuguese coach became a Premier League manager for the first time after replacing Paul Clement at Swansea.

Carvalhal got off to a flying start, only for results to tail off, with the club’s seven year stay officially coming to an end on Sunday following a loss to Paul Lambert’s Stoke, who will also be in the second-tier next season.

So what next for Carvalhal?

The 52-year-old will now take a few days out to reflect on the season before deciding whether he wants to have another go next term. However, The Independent report that even if he wants to stay, the club are likely to weigh up other contenders before deciding on their next move.

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