Carlos Carvalhal leaves Swansea after relegation
Swansea have parted company with Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal after his five-month stint in charge saw them relegated to the Championship.
Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed last Sunday by a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke.
Reports surfaced on Thursday that the club's American owners would not take up the option of extending Carvalhal’s short-term contract.
His backroom staff including coaches Joao Mario and Bruno Lage have also left the Liberty Stadium.
“We’d like to put on record our thanks to Carlos for his enthusiasm, hard work and commitment since arriving at the club in December," said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.
“Naturally, we are all disappointed with the club’s relegation from the Premier League, and following discussions with Carlos, we felt it was in the best interests of both parties that we move in a new direction.
“We will now be looking to appoint a new manager in readiness for the 2018-19 season."
The 52-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday boss was appointed in December with Swansea bottom of the league and five points from safety, and he oversaw a dramatic turnaround in form before a late-season collapse ended the Welsh club’s seven-season stay in the top flight.
Carvalhal said Swansea’s demise was down to their miserable first half of the season when his predecessor Paul Clement claimed only 13 points from 20 games.
“We pushed a lot, we did 18 games and got 20 points,” said Carvalhal, whose side ended the season without a win in nine.