Saturday 21 September 2019

Carlos Carvalhal set to leave Swansea at end of the season

Swansea appear certain to be relegated on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

Swansea City v Southampton – Premier League – Liberty Stadium
Swansea City v Southampton – Premier League – Liberty Stadium

By Press Association Sport staff

Carlos Carvalhal looks set to leave his position as Swansea manager at the end of the season, Press Association Sport understands.

The Swans look almost certain to be relegated from the Premier League after a run of eight games without a win, including a defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton on Tuesday night.

The Welsh side need to beat Stoke on Sunday and for Saints to lose at home to champions Manchester City, with a 10-goal swing in their favour, in order to stay up.

Swansea City v Southampton – Premier League – Liberty Stadium

It is understood the Swansea board do not plan to renew Carvalhal’s contract.

Carvalhal’s reign began with a win over Watford and they followed that up with victories over Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham.

But their form has collapsed since then, with the club now looking doomed to the drop.

Carvalhal is due to face the media on Friday at his 1.30pm press conference, and will no doubt be asked about his future at the club.

Swansea announced later on Thursday that long-serving defender Angel Rangel would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old, whose contract expires this summer, played 373 games for the Swans and also captained the team since joining from Spanish semi-professional side Terrassa in 2007.

The Spaniard intends to continue playing elsewhere before one day returning to the Welsh outfit, saying in a club statement: “I will look somewhere else for one or two more seasons. When I am 37 or 38 it will be time to call it a day and hopefully I will come back and help the Swans in another way.”

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