Francesco Guidolin is Swansea’s new coach….

Francesco Guidolin

Swansea City have appointed former Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach. The Italian will have the final say on selection while working alongside Alan Curtis – who had been placed in interim charge – until the end of the season. Swansea, who sacked Garry Monk last month, are 18th in the Premier League. Guidolin, 60, was at the Liberty Stadium for Monday’s game with Watford but a club statement said he would only have a “watching brief”. “At the moment it’s not a good situation for the club, but we have a good team,” Guidolin told the club’s website. “In Italy, I helped my team finish in a good position in the table, and that’s what I hope to achieve here at Swansea. “At the moment everything is new to me, so I need three or four days to talk to the staff and players. After that, I will have a precise idea of things. “Alan Curtis is a legend at Swansea, and this is important for me. He knows everything about the club.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti has joined Swansea’s staff as coach following Guidolin’s arrival. The south Wales club placed Curtis in caretaker charge after Monk’s departure and then announced on 7 January that the 61-year-old would continue as interim boss until the end of the season. But after the 4-2 home loss to relegation rivals Sunderland, Curtis said he would be willing to step aside if the club found a new boss before the end of the campaign.

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