Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal set for final match as club face relegation

Hughes: Hotel cancellation gaffe inspired us

A run of eight games without a win has doomed Swansea, barring freakish results on Sunday, with Tuesday's defeat at home to fellow strugglers Southampton all but sealing their fate.

The 52-year-old's contract expires at the end of the campaign but the club are not expected to exercise their option to extend it, the Guardian newspaper and the BBC reported.

"It was not an easy situation when we came in", Carvalhal, who assumed duty in December, said at a press conference on Friday. Former Wales manager Chris Coleman has become available after leaving Sunderland.

"It's a sad day obviously, but this season has been very hard for me".

"One thing for certain, should Chris Coleman get the job, he would go into that changing room and shake things up because as someone from Swansea, he won't be happy with what's been happening at the club".

Jordan Ayew has had an fantastic season and emerged the club's top scorer with 11 goals so far. The only way the Londoners can nick the fourth spot is by winning at Newcastle and hope Liverpool, perhaps distracted by the upcoming Champions League final, lose their first game at Anfield.

The main criticism towards Carvalhal from Swansea's fans in recent weeks has been his persistence to play five at the back and being too defensive as they sunk back into the relegation zone.

But their form has collapsed since then, with the club now looking doomed to the drop, ending a spell of seven seasons in the Premier League. I saw him at Bournemouth and he looked void of ideas, the same against Southampton in the second half.

However, Roberts believes that Carvalhal has not been helped by the calibre of the squad at his disposal.

Hughes was speaking after substitute Manolo Gabbiadini's 72nd-minute goal handed the Saints a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium and all but secured his team's Premier League status. "If we'd had the whole season I'm sure it would have been different".

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