Celta Vigo parted ways with Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal on Saturday, after experiencing a fall in the La Liga standings at the end of the season under his management which almost led to relegation. The Galicians beat Barcelona (2-1) on the last day to stay in extremis, but have won only one of their last 11 matches in the Spanish first division.
"Celta and Carlos Carvalhal have terminated their contractual relationship as Celta first-team coach," the Galician club said in a statement. Celta appointed former Besiktas and Sheffield Wednesday manager Carvalhal in November ahead of the World Cup-induced hiatus.
However, after the international break in March, his side lost their footing and were embroiled in a relegation fight that lasted until the final day of the season, eventually finishing 13th and coming away with three points. advance on the red zone.
“I have nothing but words of thanks for club president Carlos Mourino, sporting director Luis Campos and all the staff at Celta Vigo,” the 57-year-old Portuguese coach said in a statement on the news. social networks. “As I bid farewell, I am proud that the club remains where it deserves to be, in the first division, the year of its centenary,” he added.
Carvalhal had one year left on his contract with Celta and Spanish media reported that the club had sought to extend it ahead of the team's poor run.