Francesco Guidolin is planning for life at Swansea City next season – even though he admits he does not know whether he will still be at the club.
The Italian head coach said he spoke to club chairman Huw Jenkins on Wednesday about his Swansea future, with those talks taking in 2016-17 pre-season preparations.
Guidolin said he was unable to comment about the board’s on-going talks with prospective American buyers – save for saying Swansea had “potential” – but he did disclose talks had started over the possibility of him staying at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea reached the 40-point mark usually seen as enough for Barclays Premier League safety last weekend when a 1-0 victory over Chelsea gave Guidolin a fifth win in 11 games since his January appointment.
“I am happy because I am proud of the results,” Guidolin said ahead of Saturday’s game at Newcastle.
“I spoke yesterday with the chairman and we spoke about the future.
“Nothing is decided but we are talking about many things – players, structure, pre-season, staff.
“It was a good conversation and we agreed on a lot of things.
“I prefer to stay here if possible and now I am awaiting his decision.
“We will meet again next week and I will wait because now I am concentrated on the next game.”
Jenkins said this week that the possible takeover at the Liberty Stadium would not change the club’s managerial plans.
Swansea are currently in talks over selling a controlling interest in the club to an American consortium headed by Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.
“I didn’t speak with the chairman about that situation and I can’t say anything about it,” said Guidolin.
“I don’t know what (impact) it will have.
“All I know is that Swansea is an important club in the Premier League and it has potential.”
Guidolin now wants his team to finish the season strongly after climbing to 13th in the table, starting by winning on Tyneside and deepening Newcastle’s relegation gloom.
“My team is better than we were three months ago but I think we can improve,” Guidolin said.
“I don’t know what happened before but now we improve match after match.
“In the last few weeks we play always better, but I want to see my team play like the first half against Chelsea.
“This is my attitude and my style, and my job is to build a team that plays in this way. I want more.”