Giggs targeted by Swansea with Guidolin a ‘dead man walking’

Date published: Thursday 22nd September 2016 8:53

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Ryan Giggs: Failed to impress Swansea's owners

Ryan Giggs has reportedly been targeted by Swansea with boss Fancesco Guidolin believed to be a “dead man walking”.

The 60-year-old Italian manager, who signed a two-year deal after a successful spell after taking the reins at the turn of the year, is fighting to save his job and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins is reportedly keen on appointing Giggs to replace him.

Daily Telegraph sources claim Guidolin is a “dead man walking” and that Jenkins is keen to approach Giggs, who is out of work after leaving Old Trafford in the summer. Jenkins though has been blocked by Swansea’s American owners for now, as they are not too keen on making a change so early into their tenure.

Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien only completed their £100million takeover of the club in July and despite Jenkins’ desire to get the ball rolling with 42-year-old Giggs, the owners want to give Guidolin more time to build on the four goals and four points they have managed this season.

Jenkins even wanted to meet the former Manchester United assistant boss ahead of Swansea’s EFL Cup defeat to Man City, according to the report.

Guidolin, who had concerns over his health last season, looks in a precarious position in south Wales with concerns over his methods and relationships with his players.

Francesco Guidolin

The broadsheet claims that during Swansea’s pre-season tour of the United States Guidolin missed morning sessions to watch the Tour de France on television and his tenure could be over before the next international break in October.

The former Udinese boss has had public spats with Neil Taylor and Ki Sung-yueng, while fans were left underwhelmed by Swansea’s summer transfer business after the club missed out on several of their top targets.

Whether Giggs would accept the role is not yet known, but after making 64 appearances for Wales there are high hopes at the Liberty Stadium that he would be open to the new vision of the club’s new owners.

According to Bleacher Report yesterday, Swansea have placed Chris Coleman on the top of their wanted list.

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