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Carlos Carvalhal

How is ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal getting on at Rio Ave?

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal returned to his native Portugal last May to join Rio Ave.

The 54-year-old was a popular figure at Hillsborough and guided the Owls to the Championship Play-Offs twice during his time there. Despite losing to Hull City and Huddersfield Town respectively, the Portuguese boss’ time in South Yorkshire will always be remembered by Wednesday fans.

Carvalhal parted company with the Owls in December 2017 after a poor run of form and went on to manage Swansea City in the Premier League later in that campaign.

He then returned to the Portuguese Primeira Liga after nine years away last May to join Rio Ave, who became the 17th different club he has managed in his lengthy managerial career.

How is he doing?

Carvalhal has impressed in his first season in charge and they are currently sat in 5th position in the league, with only FC Porto, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Braga ahead of them.

Rio Ave were on course for one of their highest ever finishes (5th) in the league before the table halted to a swift stop due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping across the world. They were unbeaten in nine games in the league and are just four points off the European places.

Portuguese football, like every other league, is taking a break in what are unprecedented times. If they do return to action this season then Carvalhal’s sights will be set on finishing as high as possible with Rio Ave after a great first year as their manager.

Will he ever to return to England?

Carvalhal couldn’t manage to get Sheffield Wednesday over the line and into the Premier League despite coming so close. He may feel he has unfinished business in the Championship and having managed in countries all over Europe, you can’t rule out any future move he may make.

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