When Nottingham Forest sacked Aitor Karanka in 2019, Carlos Carvalhal was linked with the vacancy. Now, the Braga boss could be set for a big-money move to Brazilian football.

The former Sheffield Wednesday boss helped the Owls into the play-offs back during the 2015/16 campaign and left in 2017.

He then went on to manage Swansea before heading back to Portugal with Rio Ave and now he’s doing good things with Braga.

Forest lined up Carvalhal to replace the departed Karanka. Martin O’Neill was eventually the bizarre choice to take the job, however.

Forest Carvalhal
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Since leaving England, the 56-year-old’s career has undertaken an upward curve. He has a 58% win ratio at Braga and has won the Taca de Portugal with the club.

Now, he could be set for a move to Brazilian outfit Flamengo – although his services won’t come cheap.

The Daily Mail claims that Braga have placed a release clause of £8.5m in the contract of Carvalhal and Flamengo are now set to activate it.

The former Wednesday boss has been linked with positions at Norwich and West Brom in recent months and he could now be off to South America.

Did Forest miss a trick by not going for Carvalhal?

If you look at the failed appointments of O’Neill and Chris Hughton then perhaps the Portuguese boss did deserve a crack in 2019.

O’Neill won just eight of his 19 games in charge, with three of those coming after Forest’s play-off aspirations had evaporated.

His style of play was often tedious and mind-numbingly boring to the point where some wins felt like defeats.

Forest Carvalhal
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Carvalhal was worshipped by the Wednesday faithful for his all-action, attack-minded football and it paid dividends for them.

He’d have perhaps been a safe pair of hands in 2019 but from a personal point of view, he’ll be glad he didn’t get the Forest gig.

Flamengo will provide him with a real challenge and it’s one Carvalhal will hope to thrive under.

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