Swansea City have sacked Franceso Guidolin as manager in the wake of a disastrous start to the 2016-17 season.
The Welsh side sits 17th on the Premier League table with just four points from seven games, although former United States national coach Bob Bradley was quickly named as the replacement earlier tonight.
Club chairman Huw Jenkins claims that the past weekend’s defeat to Liverpool signalled the need for change at the Liberty Stadium.
“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” said Jenkins in a statement made by the club.
“We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.
Bradley spent five years as head coach of the United States and leaves his position at Ligue 2 side Le Havre to become the first American to manage a Premier League team.
“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front. 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,” Jenkins added.
“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.”