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Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin and appoint Bob Bradley

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Swansea City have sacked Francesco Guidolin as head coach and replaced him with former USA manager Bob Bradley.

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”.

Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin and appoint Bob Bradley Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin and appoint Bob Bradley

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 may be something of an unknown quantity to some Premier League followers, but the American’s career is one that Swansea City’s hierarchy have tracked closely.

He is best known for his five years in charge of the United States, with highlights including a run to the 2009 Confederations Cup final that included a victory over then European champions Spain, who were on a 35-match unbeaten run.

It is believed Swansea were as impressed by Bradley’s character as they were his experience, and he saw off competition from the likes of former Manchester United and Wales captain Giggs to land the Premier League job he has coveted for years.