The managerial clean sweep that has gripped the Premier League this week has claimed two more victims.
With Everton and West Ham looking out of new managers following the departures of Sam Allardyce and David Moyes, Swansea City and Stoke City have followed suit with the news on Friday that Carlos Carvalhal and Paul Lambert have left their roles with the recently-relegated sides.
Carvalhal’s departure was predicted as early as last week (before the Swans’ relegation had even been confirmed) with reports that the Portuguese manager’s deal would not be extended beyond the season just gone. Having replaced Paul Clement at the turn of the year with the aim of keeping Swansea in the Premier League, the challenged proved to be beyond the former Sheffield Wednesday manager and relegation to the Championship was confirmed on the final day of the campaign.
We can confirm that the club will not be extending Carlos Carvalhal’s contract.
Everyone at the #Swans would like to thank Carlos for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 18, 2018
Lambert, meanwhile, was also brought in midway through the season with the same aim as Carvalhal at Swansea. Having sacked Mark Hughes with no plan for replacing him, Stoke offered the job to former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill before eventually giving it to Lambert.
However, the ex-Scottish international’s reign at the Bet365 Stadium was not a happy one. In all, he won just two of his matches in charge of the side and relegation was confirmed earlier this month with a limp 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
13 – Since Paul Lambert’s arrival at Stoke, only West Bromwich Albion (12) amassed fewer points than The Potters (13) during his 15 games in charge in the Premier League, winning two, drawing seven and losing six. Lousy. pic.twitter.com/hYwse89A31
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 18, 2018
While the manager search is just beginning for the above clubs, it looks as though West Brom’s is about to come to an end. Various reports have suggested that Darren More is set to be offered the role on a full time basis, having masterminded victories over Tottenham and Manchester United during his spell as interim manager