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.
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.
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.
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.