Swansea next manager odds
Bob Bradley was viewed as Swansea City’s saviour following the disastrous start to the 2016/17 Premier League campaign under former manager Francesco Guidolin.
The club hierarchy deemed the Italian boss to be the problem after Swansea claimed victory in just one of their opening seven matches in the league, leaving the club stranded in the relegation zone. Yet, so far, Bradley has proved to offer little improvement on Guidolin, with Swansea in a worse position than they were when he took charge.
With just over a third of the season gone, the American coach has already conceded that his side have a real fight on their hands if they are to avoid relegation down to the second tier. Yet, such is the nature of football management, if results do not pick up soon, Bradley could find himself out of a job just a few months after joining the Welsh club.
Bradley still has time to turn his Swansea stint into a success, yet with the season quickly approaching the halfway mark, the club board will undoubtedly have a list of targets waiting, should they need to pull the trigger on their current man.
Of course, at this stage of the season there are only so many quality managers readily available. Former Paris Saint-Germain man Laurent Blanc is without a club. Yet, as much as Swansea fans wish, the four-time Ligue 1 victor is unlikely to join a club struggling at the foot of the Premier League table.
It would still be a long shot, but former Ajax manager Frank de Boer is available following his slow start to the 2016/17 campaign with Inter Milan, which ultimately cost him his job. The Dutchman lasted just three months with the Serie A club and will undoubtedly be looking to redeem himself sooner rather than later.
While Inter Milan has tarnished his record, his time at Ajax was nothing short of brilliant. The club won four consecutive Eredivisie titles under De Boer and he would be remarkable capture for the Welsh side, regardless of his spell in Italy. Whether he would risk taking on the Swansea job remains to be seen, but he certainly has the class to guide the club out of the relegation zone.
However, the most likely option appears former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs. The Welshman was thought to be among the frontrunners for the job following Guidolin’s sacking and he could well be at the top of the list this time round, should Swansea choose to part ways with Bradley.
The Welshman would be a risky choice for a club with very little time to turn things around, given his lack of managerial experience. His only spell as manager came following David Moyes’ sacking at Manchester United, when he was placed in charge for the final four games of the season. His Manchester United record stands at two wins, a draw and a defeat, yet guiding Swansea out of the relegation zone will be a much tougher task.
Given the timing, Swansea’s options are somewhat limited. It is clear that the club need a high calibre manager to steer them to safety, but they will undoubtedly struggle to find someone capable of doing the job, given the club’s struggles this season.