Francesco Guidolin has become the new Head Coach at Swansea City.
The appointment was confirmed today on the Swans’ official website.
The last managerial role the 60-year-old had was at Italian club Udinese, who he left in 2014.
He is set to work alongside Alan Curtis for the rest of this season, and will have the final say on team selection.
Guidolin was due to see his new club in Premier League action tonight against Watford.
He has spent his entire managerial career in Italy, except one season with Monaco (2005-06).
In this time, he has managed a host of Italian clubs , including Parma, Palermo and Udinese.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins declared on the club’s website:
“Although we recently appointed Alan Curtis as manager until the end of the campaign, he was aware and comfortable with the fact that we were still looking to bring someone in to assist if we found the right person.
“We believe we have found that person in Francesco. He has an excellent record, especially with Udinese over the last few years. He created an Udinese side from a relatively small budget – compared to the rest of the league – that competed with the big teams in Serie A.
“He instilled a belief and motivation to compete and beat the best Italy had to offer. It is similar to what this football club is trying to do in the Premier League.
“He also has a wealth of knowledge of players throughout Europe which will be a big boost on our recruitment side; something we have been reviewing in a lot more depth over the last few months.
“When the need arose to look for a new manager or head coach, those characteristics stood out from a number of other potential candidates, together with the enthusiasm he has shown to come in and help us turn our season around and retain our Premier League status.’’
“In Italy, I helped my team finish in a good position in the table, and that’s what I hope to achieve here at Swansea.
“At the moment everything is new to me, so I need three or four days to talk to the staff and players. After that, I will have a precise idea of things.
“I will be in the dugout on Sunday, but tonight is the focus for everyone. This evening we have an important match. I will be watching the match and hopefully we can get three points.
“Alan Curtis is a legend at Swansea, and this is important for me. He knows everything about the club.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75