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First Team Staff


Carlos Carvalhal arrives at Swansea City with a wealth of experience having managed 15 teams in four countries – Greece, Turkey, England and his native Portugal.

A former central defender with Braga and a Portugal Under-21 international, he moved into management in 1998 with Portuguese outfit Espinho before switching to Freamunde and then Aves.

Next up was Leixoes, where he became the first coach in Portugal to steer a third-tier team into the Uefa Cup.

After promotion, he left to join Vitoria Setubal, whom he guided into the Primeira Liga at the first time of asking.

Carvalhal then moved across Portugal for a 12-month stint with Belenenses before taking on the high-profile head coach position at Braga.

He then took charge at fellow top-flight side Beira-Mar before going back to Vitoria, where he promptly enjoyed his most productive year as a coach.

Vitoria finished sixth in the Primeira Liga and qualified for the Uefa Cup on the back of one of the best defensive records in Europe.

Vitoria also lifted the Portuguese League Cup, beating Sporting Lisbon in the final.

Carvalhal then headed to Greek side Asteras Tripolis for a spell that preceded a move back to the Portuguese top flight with Maritimo.

His success earned him the chance to coach European giants Sporting Lisbon on an interim basis and then Turkish big-hitters Besiktas.Carvalhal remained in Turkey, leading Istanbul Basaksehir, before taking up a technical director position at Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.

He moved to England for the first time in 2015, and he proved an astute appointment at Sheffield Wednesday.

Carvalhal guided the Owls to the Championship play-off final in his first year, but saw his side lose 1-0 to Hull City at Wembley.

He led Wednesday to a play-off spot once more the following season, but they lost to Huddersfield Town – who would go on to win promotion – on penalties at the semi-final stage back in May.



First-Team Coach - Joao Mario

Joao Mario arrived at the Liberty Stadium with new manager Carlos Carvalhal on December 21, 2017.

Mario is a former Portuguese midfielder who played nine seasons and 199 games in the Primeira Liga for the likes of Braga, Tirsense and Famalicao.

After coaching in Portugal’s National League (Third Division and Second Division B), the 51-year-old became the technical co-ordinator and coach of Moreirense’s youth development academy.

He was then Carvalhal’s assistant coach with Vitoria Setubal (Portugal), Astreras Tripoli (Greece), Sporting CP (Portugal), Besiktas (Turkey) and Istanbul BB (Turkey) before joining him at Al-Ahly FC Dubai as under-19 youth team coach.




First-Team Coach - Bruno Lage

Bruno Lage arrived at the Liberty Stadium with new manager Carlos Carvalhal on December 21, 2017.

Lage started his coaching career at Vitoria Setubsl in 1997. With a degree in physical education, health sciences and sports, (football specialty), he went on to coach teams in the First Division District as well as three teams in the Third Division and Second Division B in Portugal’s National League.

He worked at Benfica’s youth academy (under-15, 17 and 19) between 2004-05 and 2012 and became the department’s assistant co-ordinator in 2010.

As Benfica’s youth coach, Lage won the Portugal Under-15 and Under-17 National Championship in 2009 and 2011 respectively and was named Benfica’s coach of the year twice.

In 2012, Lage teamed up with Carvalhal at Al-Ahly as under-19s and then reserve-team coach before following him to Sheffield Wednesday.



Goalkeeping Coach - Tony Roberts

Former Wales international Tony Roberts was appointed the club’s new first-team goalkeeping coach in June, 2015.

Roberts, who joined from Arsenal, replaced Javier Garcia who returned to his home in Spain for personal reasons after 12 months at the club.
Roberts enjoyed a distinguished goalkeeping career that spanned over two decades. Having come through the youth ranks at QPR, he made nearly 150 appearances for the West London club before spending a season with Millwall in 1998.

However, after a brief coaching stint in America, Roberts returned to English football with non-league Dagenham & Redbridge in 2000 to become a firm fans' favourite.

He played over 450 games for the Daggers - helping them win promotion to the Football League for the first time in 2007 - and remains the club's all-time record appearance maker.

It was during his time at the Daggers that Roberts began coaching with Arsenal's Academy before stepping up to work with the first team in 2010-11. He returned to the Academy set up last season.

He fitted his Arsenal role around his playing commitments with Dagenham & Redbridge until he brought a glittering playing career to an end in the summer of 2013.

Roberts also won two caps for Wales and is the only goalkeeper to have scored in an FA Cup tie when he netted for Dagenham & Redbridge against Basingstoke Town in October 2001.

He is also the goalkeeping coach for the senior Wales international team.