Having been disregarded by José Mourinho at Manchester United and waiting in the wings for a chance to prove himself as a manager in his own right, reports suggest Ryan Giggs could soon get that opportunity even sooner than he expected.
The Telegraph are reporting that Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin is “a dead man walking” and believes that it is only a matter of time before the Italian is dismissed. With Swansea entertaining high-flying Manchester City on Saturday, Guidolin would be wise to have his belongings packed prior to kick off.
Swansea are currently one point above the relegation zone, with only four points from five games played, yet this alone is not the sole reason for concern at the Liberty stadium.
Recent games have not gone to plan despite a spirited 2-2 draw against Chelsea, yet signs of lack of harmony within the squad have emerged with both Neil Taylor and Ki Sung-Yueng showing their displeasure at being replaced when failing to play to their manager’s required standards with a clear lack of respect for their manager on show for all to see.
It has also emerged, allegedly, that during Swansea’s pre-season tour of the United States this summer, Guidolin missed morning training sessions to watch the Tour de France on television, raising the concerns of the players and higher authorities at the club.
Ryan Giggs has emerged as a target to replace the 60-year-old with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins hoping to meet the Cardiff born and ex-Manchester United assistant manager about a possible vacancy, although his intentions were soon halted after a meeting with majority shareholders Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.
While Jenkins wishes for change it appears the owners feel differently citing the fact the club are only one month into the season and Guidolin deserves more time.
While the board may be divided, it appears the majority of players and staff have raised concerns over the Italians methods, with results needing to improve quickly in order to quieten the calls for his sacking.
It remains to be seen if Jenkins can get his man or indeed if Giggs would be willing to risk the wrath of his Cardiff supporters by joining their fierce rivals.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena
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