Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin looking forward to transfer window closing
Published 01/02/2016 | 11:46
New Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin admits his settling in period has been complicated by the January transfer window.
Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese coach, has spent the last two weeks in Wales, first adopting a watching brief against Watford and then moving into the dug-out at Everton eight days ago.
Swansea won both those games to enjoy back-to-back victories for the first time this season and head to West Brom on Tuesday night four points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
But Guidolin, who expects to hand £8million striker Alberto Paloschi his debut at The Hawthorns, says arriving at a new club in January has proved challenging.
"It's a new world for me and for all the teams and managers in this period it is not a good time," Guidolin said.
"Fortunately the transfer window finishes soon and I will be happy when it is finished.
"I am a new manager here and I cannot know all the characteristics of the players.
"The most important thing for me is I have the possibility to work with my players."
Swansea are chasing their first league double of the season after Alan Curtis' side beat Albion 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.
Victory would also take Swansea above the Baggies in the table on goal difference.
Guidolin's side have had the benefit of extra preparation as they were not in action last weekend as West Brom were being held 2-2 in the FA Cup by Sky Bet League One Peterborough.
"We have a few more days than them to get ready, but it does not make much difference," Guidolin said.
"A win would be important, but right now I am very happy.
"Our position was not good but with two victories the table looks better.
"It is a difficult match against a good team, but it's important to have a balance on the pitch.
"I have some other ideas (how to play) but this is a moment when I can't change too many things."
Guidolin has been appointed as Swansea head coach until the end of the season, though there will be an option to extend the contract.
That is likely to depend on whether Swansea can secure a sixth season of Premier League football, but the veteran Italian says he hopes to stay at the Liberty Stadium "for many years."
"The Premier League was my dream and I decided very quickly when I had the possibility to come here," Guidolin said.
"I never worked for a top team in Italy.
"I worked for small or medium teams and I am used to working in these situations.
"At the moment, I hope to help the team remain in the Premier League. This is the priority.
"After that I hope to stay here for many years in the Premier League - but the most important thing at the moment is the table."