Oct 3, 2016
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Swans Sack Guidolin , Appoint Bradley

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Swansea City have sacked Francesco Guidolin
as head coach and replaced him with former
USA manager Bob Bradley.
The Swans have not won in the Premier
League since the opening day of the season
and are 17th in the table.
Bradley, who has also managed Egypt and
Norwegian side Stabaek, leaves French
second-tier team Le Havre to succeed
Guidolin, who was appointed in January.
The club’s hierarchy spoke to several
potential candidates, including former Wales
captain Ryan Giggs.
American Bradley, 58, will take over a
Swansea side who have lost their past three
league matches and find themselves above
the relegation zone only on goal difference.
Guidolin has been under intense pressure –
which was increased by Saturday’s 2-1 home
defeat by Liverpool – and his sacking was
announced on his 61st birthday on Monday.
Three members of the Italian’s backroom
staff – Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti,
Claudio Bordon – have also left the Welsh
Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said he was
“disappointed” to sack Guidolin but added
that the club “needed to change things as
soon as possible in order to move forward in
a positive way”.
The chairman said Bradley is viewed as a
“long-term appointment” who will “stabilise
matters on and off the pitch”.
“He is highly regarded as a coach and has a
wealth of experience on the international
and domestic front,” added Jenkins.
“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.”
Bradley’s first match in charge will be at
Arsenal on 15 October, after the international
break, reports the BBC.
Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, which holds
a 21% stake in the club, issued a statement
saying it is “disappointed” not to be
consulted over the managerial change.
“Having been an integral part of the club
board for 15 years we are saddened that
decisions as major as this can be taken
without our involvement, despite earlier
assurances from the new majority
shareholders that they wished to work closely
with the Supporters’ Trust,” it added.
“We are also frustrated and angry that the
club have allowed the speculation over the
manager’s future to be played out in public.”

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