Carlos Carvalhal has been assigned as the new Swansea manager.
The Portuguese boss, will the take charge of the Wales club after the sacking of previous boss Paul Clement, he has been given the job until the end of the season with the option of an extension.
However Sportsmail reported that should the club avoid the Premier League relegation — the Wales club are five points behind 17th-placed West Ham — former manager Roberto Martinez remains a long-term possibility.
Carvalhal signed the deal on Wednesday evening following talks with the club and travelled to Wales overnight before meeting with his new squad to take training on Thursday morning.
The 52-year-old was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve but has long drawn interest from Swansea, who first considered him when Garry Monk left two years ago.
Having twice led Wednesday into the Championship play-offs, the Portuguese has deep knowledge of the second tier in the event that bottom-placed Swansea go down.
Following his appointment, the new Swans manager ranted that the club does not need a miracle to survive the relegation battle.
He said: ‘In this moment, maybe if you ask 100 people who follow football, they will say Swansea are going to be relegated this season.
‘Its is a public idea. Maybe the pundits and fans will say we need a little bit of miracle. But when things are in your own hands, it’s not a miracle you need.
‘The ball is in our hands and we need to manage things. We don’t need divine intervention.
‘We need stay focus and put more effort to move things forward. I promise we will try very hard to put things back to its place for the better.’
CARVALHAL’S MANAGERIAL CV
2003–2004: Vituria Setubal
2007–2008: Vitoria Setubal
2008: Asteras Tripoli
2009–2010: Sporting CP
2012: Istanbul BB
2015–2017: Sheffield Wednesday
2017–: Swansea City.
The reason he was under consideration at his all marked departure from their initial recruitment strategy of needing a manager with Premier League experience.
It is was comprehended that they were thumped back by Ronald Koeman, while early interest for Frank de Boer failed out. Slaven Bilic was additionally in the running.
Swans chief Huw Jenkins stated: ‘We are extremely satisfied with this appointment.
‘We believed we expected to get the managerial problem solved at the earliest opportunity and keeping in mind that the timing isn’t generally not perfect, we can anticipate by looking forward to the second half of the season with restored idealism.
‘Carlos’ time at Sheffield Wednesday, which included securing two back to back play-off spots, featured that he has extraordinary character and identity to lead the squad and the football club, which is imperative at such a pivotal time.
‘He has a lot of experience throughout the years which will guarantee the group is organized and sorted out.
‘He is driven and very ambitious and keeping in mind that he has a major test ahead of him, I know he will handle it without fear.’
Carvalhal acquires a frantically under-quality squad at the bottom of the league following Clement’s sacking.