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Former Liverpool And Chelsea Managers On Swansea Shortlist

With Swansea City set to be on the hunt for a new manager this summer, ex-Liverpool and Chelsea bosses have been named on the club’s shortlist.

The club are set to lose current head coach Fransecso Guidolin – who has been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant Italy job – at the end of the season, and the Telegraph are reporting that chairman Huw Jenkins has named Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Di Matteo on the five man list, with Sevilla manager Unai Emery also under consideration.

Rodgers, who worked at the Liberty Stadium for two years – winning promotion to the Premier League in 2011 – before leaving for Liverpool, is the current favourite for the role, and would be eager to return to management having been out of the game since October.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Brendan Rogers of Swansea Citycelebrates with the trophy after victory in the npower Championship Playoff Final between Reading and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The report suggests, however, that Rodgers’s wage demands could prove to be a issue – his time at Liverpool has, in layman’s terms, “given him notions.”

Should the return for Rodgers not work out, the report states that Jenkins will turn to Di Matteo, The former Italy international won the Champions League and FA Cup in his short spell as Chelsea manager in 2012, and has been out of work since leaving German side Schalke at the end of last season.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19: Roberto Di Matteo interim manager of Chelsea gives instructions from the sideline during the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena M?nchen on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sevilla manager Unai Emery is also on the shortlist. The 44 year old has been a massive success at the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium – winning the Europa League twice in a row and currently in the semi-finals this year – but he very nearly left the club last season, and may decide that the time is right to move on this year.

Guidolin was brought in at Swansea by Jenkins to take over from interim head coach Alan Curtis – with manager Garry Monk having been sacked six weeks earlier – and his record of five wins from thirteen matches has seen him stabilise the club and guarantee their Premier League survival for one more season at least.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.

Despite this, his contract will not be renewed by Jenkins, and the final match of the season – against Manchester City in May – will be the ex-Udinese manager’s last in charge of the Swans.

The summer should also see the completion of the takeover of the club by American investors.

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