Monday, 3 October 2016

American replaces European at the Liberty Stadium

Francesco Guidolin was unable to reproduce even his moderate Italian successes with Swansea City, so the Swans have parted company with him. I think his main difficulty was establishing a rapport with club and community, as he did with both Parma and to a lesser extent Udinese in his native country. He did not succeed in overcoming the language barrier, as Pochettino did at Southampton and Tottenham, in spite of the significant familial links between Swansea and Italy. He should be remembered at least for his keeping Swans in the Premier League after taking over at a difficult time.

The Liberty welcomes American Bob Bradley as a replacement. A promising sign is that he professes an admiration for the French game in this Guardian article. Next to results, what Swansea fans have missed most is style.

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