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Swansea City appoint Carlos Carvalhal as new Manager

Swansea City have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday manager, Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager following the dismissal of Paul Clement last week.

The club on Thursday announced that Carvalhal would be replacing Clement until the end of the season with the option of an extension.

Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins expressed his delight at the appointment, stating that the club needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and was looking forward to the second-half of the season with "renewed optimism".

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 highlighted that he has great 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".

Carvalhal following his appointment reiterated that he was excited to coach in the English Premier League for the first time, expressing confidence in his ability to change the club.

According to the Portuguese gaffer, he believed Swansea's place was in the Premier League and would do his possible best to ensure they stayed there.

The 52-year old said;

"I believe that me and my staff, our place is in the Premier League. It may be my first time in the Premier League, but I was working at Sporting, with Besiktas and I played with Braga in the Europa League".

"I am a coach that if you saw my profile I will change the club, you will see that".

"I am different because I started working in the third division. I must work in the third division to jump to the second division, I promoted a team in the second division so I can go to the first division.

"When I go to the first division in Portugal I achieved qualification for the Uefa competitions, so I go to another team with expectations like Braga to play in the Uefa Cups also".

"After this, I move to Sporting to a big club and after Sporting I move to another big club with Besiktas, so I'm a coach with a profile".

Carvalhal who was previously linked with the job at Swansea back in 2016 left Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve by mutual consent after two-and-a-half years at Hillsborough.

The former Sporting manager undoubtedly has a lot of work to do at Swansea with the club currently at the bottom of the Premier League table and five points away from safety.

Swansea who were on the receiving end of a 5-0 mauling at Liverpool on Boxing Day travel to Watford on Saturday in the league with Carvalhal hopeful of picking up his first point(s) as Swansea manager.

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