Where now for Swansea?

Premier League strugglers Swansea City are searching for their third manager of the 2016/17 season after sacking American Bob Bradley. Bradley has only been in charge of the South-Wales side for 85 days and them 19th in the Premier League table on twelve points and fours adrift of safety.

Bradley was appointed by the Swansea City board on October 3 as replacement for Italian Francesco Guidolin who was appointed by the club at the beginning of 2016. Bradley took charge of eleven Premier League games as Swansea manager, starting against Arsenal on October 15 and his final game came as Swansea suffered a 4-1 defeat to West Ham United at The Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day. The defeat to West Ham was one of seven suffered by Swansea under the management of the American.

Bradley only oversaw two victories, both coming at home as they defeated Crystal Palace in a nine-goal thriller on November 26 and the second win came as they defeated Sunderland 3-0 in their next home game on December 10. One of the problems for Bradley’s Swansea was their inability to keep clean sheets with the 3-0 win over Sunderland being one of only two clean sheets they managed to keep.

Who’s Next?

So who will be the man chosen to ensure that the South-Wales side maintain their Premier eague status. Surely the man ask to take to control in the short-term will be coach Alan Curtis but he won’t want the position in the long-term. Curtis has a long association with Swansea, enjoying three separate playing spells with the club and he has taken up nearly every role on the coaching staff including taking caretaker charge of the club on several occasions.

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Could Ryan Giggs be tempted to take on the challenge?

 

Manchester United and Welsh legend Ryan Giggs was heavily linked with the position before they appointed Bradley in October and has already been installed as the favourite with the bookmakers. Giggs has been out of work since leaving his position as assistant manager at Manchester United following the sacking of Louis Van Gaal in the summer. The biggest question mark against Giggs would be his lack of management experience. The only time he has taken charge of a team came when he took caretaker charge at Old Trafford following the sacking of David Moyes.

Another name near the top of the betting odds is Gary Rowett who is out of work following his sacking by Birmingham City. Rowett is viewed by many to have been unlucky to have lost his job at St Andrews after he had seen his Birmingham team make steady improvements and had them challenging for a play-off place this season. Rowett’s previous job before moving to Birmingham was with Burton Albion where as with Birmingham he oversaw steady progress and left them top of League Two in December 2014. Rowett has never managed in the Premier League but could be the right man if Swansea are willing to risk relegation this season with the aim of coming back stronger after a season or two in the Championship.

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