The best of Carlos Carvalhal: Custard tarts, Arctic Monkeys, sardines & more

Carlos Carvalhal has proven himself as a more than decent manager during his time with Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City – but he’s generated just as much buzz for what he’s done off the pitch.

Carvalhal had already managed 15 clubs by time he took his first job in England with Wednesday in 2015, and ever since then he’s been amusing us all with his genius anecdotes.

Here are just a small selection of his funniest comments since he moved to the UK.

The barbecue

Swansea’s victory over Burnley came courtesy of an 81st minute winner from Ki Sung-yueng after Carvalhal threw on the cavalry to try and earn the three points – only he used a better term.

Custard tarts

Bake Off fans will recognise the Portuguese pasteis de nata from the last season of the show, and Carvalhal was kind enough to bring some of the Portuguese delicacy, similar to custard tarts, to share at a press conference recently.

Injured swans

This is a strange way of saying it’s a chance for other players, but elegant nonetheless.

Catch your breath

Nope, we have no idea either.


The Swans’ boss had this bizarre analogy regarding his January transfer business.

Not that it seems he needed his lobsters…

The £20 note

Possibly his most unexplainable moment is when he started on a £20 note during his last few months in charge at Wednesday.


“A potato cannot play the role of a fish.” Erm…

The return of the £20 note

Okay, so we don’t actually have a clue what he’s on about here either.

The sound of music

“We tried to put on different music in the second half,” he went on.

“We put on a little bit of rock and we opened them up. We took risks and we tried to win. With that kind of rock and roll we could score goals.”


He definitely embraced the local culture during his time in Sheffield.

More rock’n’roll

To be fair, it’s hard to not like the Arctic Monkeys.

Classical music?

You can’t say his tastes aren’t well rounded.

It does kind of make sense though…we think.

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