American Bob Bradley Appointed Swansea Manager After Club Sack Italian Boss Francesco Guidolin On His 61st Birthday

Le Havre manager Bob Bradley has been appointed by Premier League side Swansea City
Swansea City have appointed Bob Bradley as manager after sacking Francesco Guidolin on Monday morning. Bradley becomes the first American to manage in the Premier League after the Welsh club snubbed Ryan Giggs, who interviewed for the post alongside former Derby boss Paul Clement and ex Villarreal manager Marcelino.

Bradley emerged from the quartet as the prime choice of the club’s American owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, and has left Le Havre to sign a two-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium. 

He replaces Italian boss Francesco Guidolin who was sacked by Swansea on his 61st birthday
Swansea's American owners Stephen Kaplan (back left) and Jason Levien (back right) watch Saturday's defeat by Liverpool while sitting behind the club's chairman, Huw Jenkins (centre)
Swansea have collected just four points in their opening seven games and sit one point outside the relegation zone. Performances had improved in the past two defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool, the latter of which was watched in person by Kaplan and Levien.

But with Guidolin receiving only lukewarm support from the dressing room amid long-standing indifference to his training methods, the club have decided to act just nine months after he first arrived on a short-term deal and only five months after he signed a two-year contract. 

He was sacked by the club on his 61st birthday. 


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