May 10, 2018 / 11:17 AM / 5 months ago

Soccer: Carvalhal to leave Swansea at the end of the season - reports

(Reuters) - Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season, British media reported on Thursday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Swansea City v Southampton - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - May 8, 2018 Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

The 52-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the campaign but the club are not expected to exercise their option to extend it, the Guardian newspaper and the BBC reported.

Swansea, who are third from bottom in the table, are almost certain to be relegated on Sunday.

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

Swansea, however, have picked up only three points since beating West Ham United 4-1 at the start of March and failed to win any of their last nine matches in all competitions.

They lost 1-0 on Tuesday at home to Southampton, their main relegation rivals, a result that effectively ended their seven-season stay in the top flight.

The defeat left them three points behind the Saints, who have a hugely superior goal difference. Swansea’s only slim hope is to beat Stoke City heavily in their final game on Sunday and hope Southampton are routed by Manchester City.

The club, however, appear to have accepted their fate and moved to ditch Carvalhal even though he has Championship experience with Sheffield Wednesday, whom he led to the playoffs in successive seasons.

The Portuguese was appointed just four days after losing his job at Wednesday. Swansea were bottom of the table and facing a survival fight for the third successive season, only just staying up the previous year after a late run of form under Clement.

But their squad is widely seen as ill-equipped for the top flight and they now face a major restructuring job if they are to mount a promotion challenge next season.

The new manager will be the club’s sixth in two-and-a-half years, with Garry Monk, Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley also failing to establish themselves permanently.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Toby Davis

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