Swansea have announced the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager until the end of the season.
Carlos Carvalhal who succeeds the sacked Paul Clement, has been given the job until the end of the season with the option of an extension.
The 52-year-old has plenty of managerial experience, including spells at Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon, but has never worked in the Premier League before and will be seen as something of a gamble.
He impressed during his first two seasons at Wednesday, taking the club to within 90 minutes of a return to the Premier League, only to lose to Hull City in the play-off final. Wednesday were beaten by Huddersfield Town in the play-off semi-finals a year later. This season, however, Wednesday struggled and Carvalhal departed with the club 15th in the table on the back of a run of seven games without a win.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is pleased with Carlos Carvalhal’s appointment, and believes the club can now look forward to the future.
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 gre 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 agreed the deal on Wednesday evening following talks with the club and travelled to Swansea overnight before meeting with his new squad to take training on Thursday morning.