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A Look At The Frontrunners To Replace Bob Bradley As Swansea Manager

SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 7: Bob Bradley, Manager of Swansea City poses during his unveiling as New Swansea City Manager on October 7, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs could be the man to lead Swansea City’s relegation battle. The Welsh wizard is one of the front-runners to succeed Bob Bradley as manager of the Swans.

The former winger is well placed to take over from the American who was sacked after just eleven games in charge. Bradley’s tenure saw only two wins, two draws and seven losses. However he did oversee an outstanding 5-4 win against Crystal Palace which will go down in Premier League folklore.

The American had enjoyed spells in the MLS, Norway, France and at international level with his native country and Egypt. However this did not transfer to the Premier League following his somewhat bizarre appointment in October.

To make matters even worse for the Swansea faithful, former boss Gary Monk, who was dismissed last season seems to have finally turned the tide at Leeds United. The Yorkshire side sit inside the play-off positions which is testament to Monk’s coaching abilities, one greatly needed by Swansea at the moment.

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 05: Swansea manager Garry Monk looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

One man who was originally linked with the job was Cardiff born Ryan Giggs. His only managerial experience came in 2014 when he was appointed caretaker of his beloved Manchester United. His brief reign brought two wins, a draw and a loss where he encouraged an open and attacking brand of football.

Giggs was appointed as player coach under David Moyes in 2013 and was retained as a coach following his retirement by Louis Van Gaal. However the former Welsh captain left Old Trafford after almost three decades following the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

At one stage, Giggs was tipped to succeed Van Gaal but the United board understandably went for a more experienced option.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Ryan Giggs the Assistant manager of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on February 28, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Swansea would provide a stern challenge for Giggs and many Manchester United fans could view this as his apprenticeship before taking the throne at Old Trafford. The Swans sit second from bottom with only 12 points meaning that if Giggs were to take charge, he will be thrust into a challenging situation.

With the transfer window due to open next week, Swansea will be keen to appoint a manager before the end of the week. With Giggs available for work and a popular man in Wales, he could be the perfect fit to lift a club that has had vey little to get excited about this season.

At initially being odds-on to get the job, he is still in contention, but money is moving elsewhere. Wales boss Chris Coleman is currently favourite for the role.

Pic via Paddy Power
Pic via Paddy Power

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.