Manager carlos Carvalhal is about to leave Swansea at the end of the season, with the club facing almost certain relegation from the Premier League, reports said thursday.
Defeat at home to fellow-strugglers Southampton this week including Huddersfield’s draw against Chelsea leaves Swansea needing an unlikely sequence of events to survive in the English top flight.
The Swans, who have gone eight league games without a win, need to beat stoke on the final day of the season on Sunday and for Southampton to lose at home to champions Manchester city with a 10-goal swing in their favour in order to stay up.
The reports said the swansea board did not plan to renew Carvalhal’s contract.
The Portuguese manager’s reign began in December with a win over Watford and they followed that up with victories over Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham.
But their form has folded since then, with the club currently looking doomed to the drop, ending a spell of seven seasons in the Premier League.
The swansea city Supporters’ Trust on thursday called for chairman Huw Jenkins to stand down.
Former Wales striker Iwan Roberts said the decision on Carvalhal’s future was “crucial” to Swansea’s future as they plan for life in the Championship after seven successive campaigns in the Premier League.
“Who’s going to be the manager now is the big question,” Roberts said before the news broke of Carvalhal’s imminent departure.
“There’s some big questions: the owners need to come out and answer some questions as well.
“The club has tried to do things on the cheap, bring players in on the cheap.”