Carvalhal positive over keeping Swansea up

Date published: Friday 29th December 2017 9:53

Carlos Carvalhal believes he is cut out to save Swansea’s top-flight status after his surprise appointment as the newest manager in the Premier League.

Carvalhal’s two-and-a-half-year stint at Sheffield Wednesday only came to an end on Christmas Eve, with the Owls 15th in the Sky Bet Championship and struggling to reach the play-offs for the third successive season.

But although he has never previously managed in the Premier League, the 52-year-old Portuguese feels his management career provides the perfect CV for Swansea’s desperate battle against relegation.

“All through my career I have never had easy jobs,” Carvalhal said after being named as Paul Clement’s successor.

“Even when I trained Sporting they were in ninth place when I arrived, and they are one of the massive clubs in Portugal who fight for the title.

“At Besiktas there were big problems as the vice-president and one of the coaches was in jail.

“It was a very hard moment when the chairman moved to the (Turkish) Federation and we went four months with no salary, but we did well and the Besiktas fans appreciated our work.”

Carvalhal began his coaching career in his native Portugal in 1998 and Swansea is his 17th different job – and his second in English football.

“Sheffield Wednesday did not achieve much in the 20 years before, but we moved things very fast,” Carvalhal said.

“We played good football, achieved Wembley and got to another play-off.

“It is true there are no easy jobs in football, but some are harder than others.

“This one is very hard, but that is why I am here.

“I like this kind of challenge, I am a positive person and will try and improve things.”

Bottom-placed Swansea are currently five points from safety having won just one of their last 12 league games.

They visit Watford on Saturday and a daunting January fixture list includes games against Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

But Carvalhal – who has a contract until the end of the season with an option to extend – said: “Everybody understands Swansea is in a very difficult situation, and a lot of people would say we need a miracle to stay in the Premier League.

“But I don’t agree because miracles is not something from our world and our job is to win.

“This job is a very good challenge and we will fight to put the team in a better position.”


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