Sunday 17 December 2017

Ryan Giggs poised to take over at Swansea to replace 'dead man walking' Francesco Guidolin

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It has emerged that Swansea City have approached Ryan Giggs about becoming their new manager. Photo: PA
It has emerged that Swansea City have approached Ryan Giggs about becoming their new manager. Photo: PA
Francesco Guidolin is fighting to hold onto his job at Swansea City manager. Photo: Getty

John Percy

Francesco Guidolin is fighting to save his job as Swansea City manager after it emerged the club have targeted Ryan Giggs to replace him.

Huw Jenkins, the Swansea chairman, is understood to have considered approaching Giggs over the prospect of succeeding Guidolin before the move was blocked by the club's new American owners.

Jenkins was hoping to meet Giggs, the former Manchester United winger and assistant manager, ahead of the EFL Cup defeat to Manchester City last night but postponed the plans after talks with majority shareholders Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.

Kaplan and Levien, who completed their £100m takeover in July, are keen for stability and are reluctant to make a change so early in the season.

But Giggs has been a Jenkins target for some time and while it is unclear whether the 42-year-old would accept the post, Guidolin appears increasingly likely to be sacked before the next international break in October.

It's believed that the 60-year-old Italian is "a dead man walking" and it seems inevitable that Guidolin will become the first managerial casualty of the Premier League this season.

Guidolin's future is under serious doubt not only due to results - with Swansea winning only one of their opening five league games - but growing concerns over his methods and relationship with the squad. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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