Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal only took over 10 days ago but he has had a busy time of it.
The shock announcement after having just been sacked by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, was followed two days later by an amazing debut game.
Trailing 1-0 at Watford, out of nowhere Swansea City scored two goals in the final four minutes to grab a very surprising three points.
A 2-0 home defeat to Spurs followed but the opening away win has given Carvalhal some hope, now second bottom and only two points off safety.
Going into Saturday’s FA Cup match at Wolves, the Swansea boss already had a number of injury and suspension issues.
The goalless draw has only added to those problems ahead of Newcastle in six days time, as well as an unwanted cup replay to fit in.
Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal after seeing Leroy Fer sent off yesterday:
“Listen I don’t have an opinion on the Wolves red card but my staff said it was a clear red. I didn’t see it – but I saw our red card.
“It is a typical yellow card, a touch on the back of the player in the middle of the pitch.
“Instinctive. Everyone felt it was a yellow card.
“This is a situation I don’t want to talk too much about, but that’s two games in a row with bad decisions.”
Leroy Fer now misses the Newcastle game through suspension, meaning two players in total banned, as Kyle Naughton completes his suspension next Saturday after getting a retrospective punishment for a stamp during that win over Watford.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is also set to be still missing for the trip to Tyneside because of injury, along with Angel Rangel.
Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham has missed recent games because of a hip injury and was unavailable yesterday, so doubtful whether he will make Newcastle as well.
Big money loan signing from Bayern Munich, Renato Sanches, added to Carlos Carvalhal’s problems when forced off with injury in the first half of the Wolves cup-tie, meaning the Swansea City boss could be missing half a dozen players for the relegation clash with the Magpies.
A very decent third round win but there were worries when captain Jamaal Lascelles was subbed just after the half hour mark.
However, the United boss reassured Newcastle fans after the game:
“Jamaal Lascelles is fine.
“It was just a precaution (to substitute him just after the first goal) because he was complaining a little bit about his abductor and so then we decided to make the substitution.