Whatever you might think about the Portuguese manager, he’s certainly arrived at the Liberty Stadium with a lucky tag around his neck.
Sacked on Christmas Eve by Championship Sheffield Wednesday, he walked into his new job in the Premier League on Boxing Day.
The Owls’ fans nicknamed him Clueless Carlo…yet he ended his first 90 minutes in charge with a win – after two goals in the last four minutes of normal time!
And both goals – after Watford had led from the tenth minute – were down to the impact of two of his second half subs.
Jordan Ayew struck in the 86th minute, poking second half sub Oli McBurnie’s knockdown past Heurelho Gomes and then, four minutes later another second half arrival Luciano Narsingh got the winner, smashing home after Gomes had saved from the third of his replacements, Nathan Dyer.
It was such a dramatic end to a game that had always looked as if it would be beyond the Swans who trailed for so long.
They were a goal down after barely ten minutes of his first game since taking over from the sacked Paul Clement.
Stefano Okaka held off Federico Fernandez to threat his pass inside Kayle Naughton and flying winger Richarlison got in behind their defence to fire off a shot that Lukasz Fabianski could only parry onto the head of Andre Carrillo who made no mistake from close range.
The Hornets were left shellshocked after five minutes of mayhem and Calvahal now has the Welsh fans very much on his side after a stunning introduction to the top-flight.
Calvahal promised that he wouldn’t be making any rash judgments and at half time must have been wondering what he had let himself in for by agreeing a deal to be in charge for the rest of the season.
And the one thing he will have learnt is that there is still plenty of spirit in this bunch of players even though it needed his three changes to spark the fightback.
Paul Clement had taken only five points out of his last 36…the new man now has three out of three and suddenly the league table looks a lot different and they will go into next Tuesday’s home game against Spurs believing they might be able to beat the drop.
And he could have got off to a dream start as well and it might have been a lot less heart-stopping
had Jordan Ayew’s blistering 30 yard strike been just a couple of inches lower.
His shot had beaten Heurelho Gomes’ flapping hand but thudded against the bar.