Former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal has left-field new club despite Blackburn Rovers link

Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has been announced in a left-field new job despite widespread links to the vacant role at Blackburn Rovers.

Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 2:35 pm

The 56-year-old Portuguese, who was Owls manager between 2015 and 2017, led the club to back-to-back play-off campaigns before making the switch to Swansea City shortly after his Wednesday departure.

Carvalhal seemed to be a man in demand and had been linked to jobs at Reading, Blackburn and Burnley amid admissions he was courting a return to English football.

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Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has signed for Al Wahda in the UAE.

But he has since been unveiled as the manager of UAE side Al Wahda, with his signing confirmed on social media on Wednesday afternoon.

“Al Wahda Football Club has contracted Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal to lead the first team as of June 2022,” a statement read.

“The club’s management wishes success to the able coach and his staff and to fulfill the aspirations of the club’s leadership, management and fans.”

Alongside those jobs in England, Carvalhal had been touted for major roles in Brazil at giants such as Atletico Miniero and Vasco da Gama in recent months.

Al Wahda finished third in the UAE Pro League last season and Carvalhal follows in the footsteps of some big-name managers to have managed the Abu Dhabi outfit including Tite, Javier Aguirre and Henk ten Cate.

His current squad includes former Leicester City and former Portugal international midfielder Adrien Silva.

Carvalhal’s task will be to end an 13-year wait for the Pro League title Al Wahda last won in 2010.