Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin has become the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season, with American Bob Bradley brought in to replace the Italian in South Wales.
The 61-year-old’s fate was decided following the Swans’ 2-1 loss to Liverpool at the weekend with just one win in seven in the Premier League leaving them just one place above the drop zone.
In a statement on the club’s website, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins thanked Guidolin for his contributions since his appointment in January but he felt a change was needed to change the club’s recent fortunes around.
“We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future,” said the
“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.”
It was highly anticipated that Man United legend Ryan Giggs would be the man to take over from Guidolin but in a surprise move, Swansea have opted for former USA manager Bob Bradley to take his place,
The 58-year-old has never managed in the Premier League leaves French second-tier team Le Havre to take the reins at Swansea and chairman Jenkins is confident that Bradley can help the club climb back up the table.
“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us,” said Jenkins.
“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.”
Bradley, who has also managed the Egypt national side and Norwegian side Stabaek along with a number of cubs in the United States, will take charge of Swansea for the first time at Arsenal on 15 October.
Guidolin is not the only manager to get the sack today with Roberto DiMatteo given his marching orders at Aston Villa, as the Villains search for a fifth new manager in less than a year.
It is no surprise that Guidolin’s time at Swansea has come to an end but I feel sorry for him as I think Swansea have been unlucky in recent games and that he should have been given more time to turn it around.
However, it is a big surprise that former USA boss Bob Bradley is the manager to replace him as it looked a certainty that former Man United winger Ryan Giggs was the hot favourite for the job. I think Giggs can feel a little hard done by.
Nevertheless, it is Bob Bradley who is the new manager and Swansea have taken a big risk in appointing a new manager with no Premier League experience and I think the Swans will continue to struggle this season.
Bradley doesn’t have any big list of accomplishments in his career and in such a fast paced Premier League atmosphere, I think Bradley will struggle. In my opinion, Swansea will do well to beat the drop this season under their new gaffer.