Axed Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal takes charge of Swansea

by Jack Kitson / 28 December 2017, 10:12

Only in the world of football management would a manager be sacked by a miss-performing Championship club, then swiftly bag a job in the Premier League post.

That is exactly what's happened to Carlos Carvalhal who exited Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve, and now a few days later finds himself as Paul Clement's replacement at Swansea.

In the end it wasn't just a coincidence that the Portuguese gaffer was spotted in the stands during Liverpool's 5-0 demolition of the sorry Swans.

The struggling Welsh outfit are rooted to the foot of the top-flight - five points adrift of safety - after registering just three wins and 13 points from 20 matches.

Clement was axed before the Anfield annihilation, with Swansea legend Leon Britton placed in caretaker charge for the fixture. The coach stated beforehand that he wasn't ready for the permanent position and his mindset is unlikely to have shifted following the heavy defeat.

Former Swans boss Garry Monk, who was axed by Middlesbrough last weekend, had emerged as a contender for the job, as did Slaven Bilic and Frank de Boer. However, their prices all drifted after Carvalhal stormed to the summit of the market.

Carvalhal has previously managed a whole host of clubs including Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon, but has no zero Premier League experience, although he twice came close to leading the Owls into the division, only to falter in the play-offs both times.

Carvalhal's first game in charge of Swansea is away to Watford on Saturday.

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