May 18, 2018 / 12:30 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Carvalhal leaves Swansea after Premier League relegation

(Reuters) - Swansea City have parted company with manager Carlos Carvalhal after they were relegated from the Premier League, the Welsh club said on Friday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Swansea City v Southampton - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - May 8, 2018 Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal reacts REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/Files

The 52-year-old’s contract expired at the end of the campaign and Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said the club had decided to “move in a new direction”.

Swansea are now looking to appoint their fifth permanent manager in two years.

“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,” Jenkins said in a statement.

“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.”

Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carvalhal was appointed to succeed Paul Clement last December and oversaw an initial improvement in form, which saw Swansea rise to 13th in the table.

But they failed to pick up a victory in their last nine games of the season and finished third-bottom with 33 points.

The club also confirmed first-team coaches Joao Mario and Bruno Lage have left the Liberty Stadium, along with match analysts Jhony Conceicao and Paulo Sampaio.

Swansea will also start next season without key players Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-yueng, who both left the club following relegation.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Swansea City vs Stoke City - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - May 13, 2018 Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/Files

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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