KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 3, 2016
Swansea City have fired Francesco Guidolin and replaced him with former US national team head coach Bob Bradley, the team announced on Monday.
It is a historic moment as Bradley becomes the first American coach to take the reins of a team in one of Europe's top leagues.
The news comes after reports last week that Swans' chairman Huw Jenkins met with Bradley at Bristol Airport. At that time no decision had been made as former Manchester United and Wales player Ryan Giggs was also linked with the job.
But the team came out today to confirm the news once and for all.
"Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Francesco Guidolin. He will be replaced by former USA national team manager Bob Bradley with the club having agreed his release from French club Le Havre after their fixture with Sochaux tonight," according to a statement on Swansea's website.
It has been a difficult season for Swansea so far as they have only earned one win and sit in 17th place in the standings. Their recent loss came over weekend as they fell 2-1 to Liverpool.
Now, the former Egyptian national team coach will be tasked with righting the ship at Liberty Stadium.
Bradley, who joined French Ligue 2 team Le Harve last season, was looking to push the team to promotion this time around after they narrowly missed out on success in the spring. However, the chance to coach in the Premier League was a chance he could not refuse.
The much-traveled coach expressed his gratitude to the team and its fans on Le Havre's website as he prepares to head across the English Channel.
"This is a unique opportunity and I will not forget that HAC and the President have allowed me at this time in the season. I also know that it is thanks to the exposure this club have given me I can now today coach in the Premier League. I have total confidence in the work of Oswald [Tanchot], with whom I have had the pleasure to work with, and know that he is up to the challenge has been set by HAC - returning to Ligue 1. I will continue to be a strong supporter of HAC," said Bradley.
Bradley will have time to settle in and get to know the players before his first game when Swansea heads to the Emirates Stadium on October 15 to face Arsenal.