Swansea City are reportedly in the pursuit of Louis van Gaal to take the reins at the Liberty Stadium after sacking Paul Clement.
The Swans are currently bottom of the table with just 12 points from 18 fixtures, and 4 points short off relegation safety. As a result, Swansea dropped the hammer on Clement just before the midway mark in the Premier League.
And now, according to the report from Mirror, the rock-bottom team has identified former Ajax and United boss Louis van Gaal as the top candidate to fill the managerial role.
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The Welsh club is said to be adamant on hiring someone with proven Premier League experience, and hence, has shortlisted the likes of Slaven Bilic, Tony Pulis, and Ronald Koeman, along with Van Gaal.
While the decorated Dutchman seems to be the one who Swansea are most eager to bring in, the main issue would be to persuade him to take charge of a team that is staring at potential relegation from England’s top tier.
However, the fact that the 66-year-old might already be inclined to make a return to the Premier League, even if it is with Swansea, in order to settle scores with his former employers, might help the Swans eventually land the experienced tactician.
Van Gaal was recently quoted as saying: “I said I will probably not manage a club any more. I would make one exception. If a big English club comes for me, I would do it. Because then I can get the chance to get one over Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, Tony Pulis is also reportedly eager to get the job, but there are ‘believed to be reservations about him’ from Swansea.
If a new manager isn’t put in place at the Liberty stadium by this weekend, veteran midfielder Leon Britton will reportedly take up the role for the time being.
Chairman Huw Jenkins also commented on Clement’s sack, as he said the it “was the last thing we wanted to do,” and further added: “We felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give the best chance of an uplift.”
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