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. 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 today. Three members of the Italian’s backroom staff – Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti, Claudio Bordon – have also left the Welsh club.
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. 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.”