Sheffield Wednesday part ways with Carlos Carvalhalby Jack Kitson / 24 December 2017, 11:05Tweet
Sheffield Wednesday have parted ways with Carlos Carvalhal on Christmas Eve after two-and-a-half-years at the helm.
The decision comes less than 24 hours after Wednesday lost 2-1 at home to Middlesbrough, who surprisingly axed their own boss Garry Monk within hours of the victory.
So that's two managers gone after the same game - head gone!
Monk's departure may have been a shock to many, but in truth few will be surprised at Carvalhal's exit.
The Portuguese's future at Hillsborough had been under the spotlight for the majority of what has so far been an underwhelming 2017/18 season.
The defeat to Boro ultimately proved to be the final straw for the confidence-shot club who are now without a win in seven games - a torrid run which leaves them down in 15th and 11 points adrift of the play-offs.
In each of his previous two campaigns Carvalhal led Wednesday into the top-6, only to lose in the play-offs on both occasions.
In total the 52-year-old won 56, drew 38 and lost 37 of his 131 matches, leaving with a win rate of 42.7%.
In a statement Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri told swfc.co.uk:
“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Carlos for the time, effort and commitment he has given Sheffield Wednesday over the last two and a half years.
“Both parties believe the time is right to go our separate ways.
“I maintain a huge amount of respect for Carlos as a coach and as a person and he will always be welcome at Hillsborough.
“I wish him every success in the future.”
Coach Lee Bullen has been placed in charge of the first team ahead of Sheff Wed's Boxing Day clash away to Nottingham Forest, which is followed by their final 2017 game at Brentford.