Swansea City, home to Ghanaian star Andre Ayew, has confirmed the appointment a new coach in a bid to stem the downward trend at the club which has left the team staring dangerously at relegation.
Italian Francesco Guidolin had been linked with the move and the club on Monday 18 January confirmed he has been handed the reins at the club placed 18th on the Barclays Premier League standings and the Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins stated his belief that the former Udinese manager will stop the rot.
He will be working with interim manager Alan Curtis at the team’s helm, with Curtis, who was appointed after the club parted ways with former defender Gary Monk, serving as the assistant.
The chairman, Huw, said in a statement after the Italian’s confirmation that his experience as the Udinese manager was key in getting him in the job and backed Curtis to work well with him to better the team’s season.
Here’s Huw’s statement on the appointment:
“His experience and knowledge will be a huge asset to the club.
“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.’’ He said.