Sunday 22 April 2018

Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin and appoint former USA manager

Francesco Guidolin has been sacked
Francesco Guidolin has been sacked

Bob Bradley has been appointed manager of Swansea after the departure of Francesco Guidolin, the Premier League club have announced.

An American consortium led by Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien took over in July, inheriting Guidolin as manager.

But after a six-match winless run, the Italian has been replaced by former United States boss Bradley.

"We can confirm the club has parted company with Francesco Guidolin, who will be replaced by Bob Bradley," Swansea wrote on Twitter.

Former Udinese boss Guidolin joined Swansea in January as head coach and was given a two-year contract in May.

Ryan Giggs and Gianfranco Zola were among those to have been linked with the Swansea job. Last week there were reports club chairman Huw Jenkins had met with Bradley at Bristol Airport.

Bradley has been working at French club Le Havre in Ligue 2.

Swansea's only wins this season were at Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League season and against Peterborough in the EFL Cup.

Swansea lost in the next round to Manchester City, while the only Premier League point in five games was a 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Manchester City and Liverpool have beaten the Swans in successive weeks and they travel to Arsenal on October 15, following the international break.

Bradley becomes Swansea's fourth boss in the space of a year.

Garry Monk was sacked in December 2015 and temporarily replaced by Alan Curtis before Guidolin's appointment.

Jenkins said on the club's official website: "It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.

"We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco.

"We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season.

"Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

"We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future."

Jenkins also spoke of Bradley's pedigree.

"We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us," he added.

"He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

"He is well aware of the club's footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level."

Swansea also announced that three members of Guidolin's backroom team - Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti and Claudio Bordon - had been released.

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