Sunday 22 September 2019

Swansea weigh up offer for Coleman

Wales boss is now the front-runner for job as Redknapp throws hat in the ring

Harry Kane soars above the Southampton defence to score Tottenham’s second goal in their 4-1 win Picture: Reuters
Harry Kane soars above the Southampton defence to score Tottenham’s second goal in their 4-1 win Picture: Reuters

John Percy and Matt Law

Chris Coleman is emerging as a serious contender to take over at Swansea City, with the Premier League strugglers weighing up making an official approach in the next 48 hours.

Coleman has already been alerted to Swansea's interest and is facing a potentially huge dilemma over whether to leave his position as manager of Wales, whose next match in the World Cup qualifiers is against the Republic of Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on Friday, March 24.

Swansea will have to make an approach to the Welsh FA to open talks with the 46-year-old, but Coleman is understood to be keen on hearing what the club's American owners have to say.

Coleman reportedly earns a basic £500,000-a-year with Wales and could possibly triple that salary by taking over at Swansea, while he will land a substantial bonus if he guides the club to survival.

Before taking over Wales, Coleman managed for four years in the top flight with Fulham and his reputation makes him an obvious candidate for the Swansea job after the dismissal of Bob Bradley.

Gary Rowett, the former Birmingham manager, also figures highly in Swansea's thoughts and his chances of landing the post are undoubtedly enhanced by the fact he is currently out of work.

Former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp yesterday put himself forward as a shock contender.

Wales and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is still considered an outsider, despite being admired by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, as the club completes the process of drawing up a final shortlist, which is expected to include Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson.

Coleman, who lives in Swansea, has admitted in the past he would relish another job in the top flight and gave serious thought to taking over at Hull City in the summer.

He is contracted to Wales until after the 2018 World Cup and a possible job-share, in the short-term, could even be discussed.

Surprise

His reputation has arguably never been higher after his achievements with Wales at Euro 2016, when he led them to the semi-finals in their first major tournament since 1958.

Redknapp's interest has come as a major surprise. The 69-year-old is not among the early favourites, but his ambitious plan to try to take Chelsea's John Terry with him to sort out Swansea's leaky defence could prove tempting to Jenkins and the club's American owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.

Frank Lampard would be another potential recruit. He is a free agent after leaving New York City and is understood to want to continue playing, at least until the end of this season.

Terry has so far refused to consider interest from China and clubs overseas, even though his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, as he attempts to get fully fit and help Chelsea's title challenge.

However, the Premier League leaders would be unlikely to stand in Terry's way if he did fancy trying to keep Swansea up with Redknapp - especially now Kurt Zouma is fit and with manager Antonio Conte planning to sign another defender.

Having conceded 41 goals already this season, more than any other club in the Premier League, Swansea would no doubt jump at the chance of signing 36-year-old Terry.

Redknapp, who has not managed at club level since leaving Queens Park Rangers in February 2015, is the first to publicly declare an interest in the Swansea position.

"If the opportunity and the challenge came up it would be one that would be interesting," he said.

"It's a good club, Swansea. Where they've come from and what they've done. You go there and the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic for their games at home. I've not heard anything - I've had no approach from anybody, but it's a good club."

Swansea may well decide to appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season before re-assessing their options next summer, depending on whether the club are in the Premier League or have been relegated to the Championship.

Should they decide to go down that road, Redknapp would be a real contender.

Swansea will face Bournemouth at home on New Year's Eve, with first-team coaches Alan Curtis and Paul Williams expected to take charge of the team.

With the club reluctantly dismissing Bradley after the 4-1 defeat to West Ham United, Swansea are starting from scratch as they search for a third manager of the season.

Bradley, who was sacked after seven defeats in 11 games, has admitted his disappointment at his abrupt departure.

"'I'm a little bit p****d off this morning. I don't think it's the correct decision," he said. "I believe in my work and I certainly knew that I was going into a difficult situation. I also understand that when you go in the clock's already ticking, so it's not like you're expecting all sorts of time.

"The discussions we had always included the work that needed to be done in January - we had talked about players. I'm frustrated because I feel like every place I've been, I've been able to put my stamp on the team in terms of the mentality and the tactics." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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