Swansea next manager odds
More than 60% of teams that achieve promotion to the Premier League suffered relegation back down to the Championship within their first three seasons in the top flight.
Having risen from League One in 2008, few people tipped Swansea City to last in the Premier League when they achieved promotion at the end of the 2010/11 season. However, the Welsh club avoided a relegation scrap and achieved a respectable 11th place finish in their first season, before following up with four more mid-table finishes in the seasons that followed.
Swansea appeared to have secured their place in the Premier League, heading into the 2016/17 season. Yet, their situation soon took a turn for the worse. Despite an opening day win, the club struggled to pick up another three points until November, by which time Francesco Guidolin’s time at the helm was over.
His replacement Bob Bradley put six points on the board, but did little to convince the board that he could guide them out of the relegation zone, before he was eventually dismissed in December.
Former Bayern Munich assistant manager Paul Clement has since been named as the club’s third manager of the 2016/17 season. Yet, if he is unable to turn the situation around rapidly, he is likely to join the likes of Guidolin and Bradley on Swansea’s discarded pile.
Should the job become available, Swansea City should pull out all the stops to secure Wales manager Chris Coleman, who guided the national team to their greatest ever tournament position in 2016, when they reached the semi-final stage of the European Championship.
The Welshman has strong ties to Swansea City, having spent four years at the club during his playing career. However, it will be no easy feat to convince him to take the job, as his wife has insisted that they will be moving abroad once his time with the Welsh national team comes to an end.
Should appointing Coleman prove to be an impossible task, Gary Rowett has been reported as a potential target for the Welsh club, despite his lack of experience. The Premier League would be a huge step up for the young manager, who has taken charge of just two clubs to date, but he is held in high regard after turning Birmingham City’s fortunes around in the Championship.
The appointment of Paul Clement suggests that managerial experience isn’t top of Swansea’s checklist, which could give Ryan Giggs hope that he will be considered for the job again in the future. The former Manchester United star was interviewed for the position following Guidolin’s sacking, but the club opted to go in a different direction. Giggs was overlooked following Bradley’s dismissal, but could offer a different approach, should Clement fail to impress.
Aside from a three game spell with Manchester United following David Moyes’ sacking back in 2014, Giggs has never held a management job, which is likely to cause concern among board members. However, with bags and bags of Premier League experience under his belt as a player, Giggs could have a tip or two for Swansea’s struggling squad.