Premier League: Lack of Guidolin alternatives to keep Swansea calm

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is favourite in the Next Manager to Go betting market
Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is favourite in the Next Manager to Go betting market

Michael Lintorn doesn't see a candidate for the Swansea job who would be a clear upgrade on Francesco Guidolin...


"Ryan Giggs is the 4/6 frontrunner, followed by Wales chief Chris Coleman at 11/2, former Hull gaffer Steve Bruce at 10/1 and Tim Sherwood at 16/1."

Swansea earned a reputation as the Premier League side most switched on when it came to managerial recruitment, cycling through Kenny Jackett, Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk and improving with every adjustment.

Regardless of whether they were forced to act at short notice because the incumbent was tempted by an offer from elsewhere or, as in the case of Laudrup, they sensed standards slipping and felt obliged to act on it, they always managed to find a successful solution at remarkable haste.

That record for flawless dugout renovation was compromised last season when they sacked Garry Monk in December after a lengthy winless run saw them slide down the table, yet this time didn't have an immediate answer.

Long-term caretaker Alan Curtis was asked to fill in until the close of the campaign, but they didn't rally to a sufficient extent so they were forced to conjure former Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin out of nowhere, a full six weeks after dismissing Monk.

In fairness, even if it took them longer to pick a successor on that occasion, they did at least get it right, ascending from a starting spot of 17th to a finishing position of 12th in his first four months, with Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham a pretty laudable list of conquests.

However, five games into 2016/17, there is already talk of another change. The Swans have a mere four points and the situation isn't trusted to dissipate with Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal as their next three opponents.

Guidolin has previous for beginning slowly and eventually surging from his excellent spell at Udinese earlier this decade, yet claims of dressing-room unrest, with angry reactions to substitutions cited as evidence, suggest that he might not get the chance to repeat that trick at the Liberty Stadium.

The Italian is 11/10 to be the next Premier League coach culled, with his best hope of avoiding such a fate perhaps being the club's reluctance to revisit the mess that they created last winter when forced to go six weeks without a permanent leader.

After all, the options laid out in the Next Swansea Manager market are unlikely to be described by many as inspiring. Ryan Giggs is the 4/6 frontrunner, followed by Wales chief Chris Coleman at 11/2, former Hull gaffer Steve Bruce at 10/1 and Tim Sherwood at 16/1.

Even if you are generous to say that one or two of those avenues carry some appeal, none of them leap out as fitting the mould of recent successful Swans appointments, and that absence of an obvious Plan B might stop them from being too rash with attempting to replace Guidolin.

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