Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs to take over at Swansea


The former Wales midfielder is set to move into management

Swansea City are close to sacking boss Francesco Guidolin and replacing the Italian with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

The 42-year-old was dismissed from his assistant manager role by Jose Mourinho, who took over as manager at the Red Devils this summer, and has been looking for his first opportunity in management.

And that could come at Swansea, and a return to his homeland of Wales, with the Premier League club currently struggling at the wrong end of the table and having already held discussions with the former United star.

The Swans are currently outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, with just one win and a draw, against Chelsea, to their name so far this season.

According to reports, USA boss Bob Bradley was reportedly a target for the Swans, however, they are set to take a punt on Giggs who has no previous managerial experience, apart from a short spell in caretaker charge at Manchester United.

Swans chairman Huw Jenkins held talks with Giggs last week and is set to take charge during the international break, in time for the club’s match away to Arsenal, a week on Saturday.

Giggs could have been appointed earlier, but Jenkins has been spending the past two weeks trying to convince the club’s American owners that the appointment would be the right one for the club.

The former Wales and Manchester United midfielder spent four games in charge of United at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, following David Moyes’ sacking, recording a 50% win ratio, winning his first game against Norwich City 4-0, losing just once.

Guidolin’s job came under further pressure after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to an in-form Liverpool side that now sits second in the Premier League, ahead of Sunday’s fixtures.

Swansea have been ever present in the Premier League, since their promotion to the top flight in 2011, and secured the League Cup in 2013 – their first and, so far, only major trophy in the club’s history.

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