Swansea Sack Francesco Guidolin And Appoint Bob Bradley As Replacement

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Swansea City have sacked Francesco Guidolin as manager with immediate effect.

Guidolin was appointed manager in January, following the sacking of Garry Monk. He signed a new two-year contract with the club in May, after he managed to guide them to a 12th place finish.

However, the club have made a woeful start to the season, winning just one of the seven games they have played in the Premier League this season. They currently lie 17th in the table, and as a result, the club have chosen to part ways with the Italian.

“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins said.

“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.”

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The club have wasted no time in finding a replacement, and have appointed former US National team coach Bob Bradley as the new manager. Bradley was in charge of the US National side for 5 years, between 2006-2011. He has now left his position as Le Harve boss to move to the Liberty Stadium.

Jenkins added: “We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us.

“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.

“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.”


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