Date: 22nd September 2016 at 8:03pm
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Former Welsh international John Hartson says that under fire Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin deserves more time to turn things around.

Speculation is growing this week that Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins is already lining up the Italian’s replacement, but the American owners don’t like the idea of sacking a manager so soon after completing their major ownership of the club.

Ryan Giggs has been mentioned as a target to take over, but Hartson says that Guidolin deserves more time to get his team ‘out of this mess’ having only played 5 League games, and he also compared the Swans to other struggling clubs like Stoke and Sunderland, whose managers – Mark Hughes and David Moyes haven’t been linked with losing their jobs.

Guidolin faces a tough task in putting things right to convince the Swans not to sack him. The next three fixtures look daunting, Manchester City, Liverpool and then Arsenal, before two winnable games against Watford and Stoke.

Failure to win any of those would surely seal the Italian’s fate.

‘Ryan is a good friend of mine, we played together for 10 years with the national team? but personally I think Guidolin should be given the opportunity to get Swansea out of this mess that they are in,’

‘At the back end of last season he steered Swansea away from the relegation zone and certainly after five games it is a bit harsh to talk about sacking your manager now.

‘If you look at the teams that are below Swansea at the minute, you have got Sunderland, Stoke and West Ham all below Swansea. Slaven Bilic is not being spoken about getting the sack, neither is Mark Hughes or David Moyes .

‘We are only five games into the season. Who would be a manager? What chance have you got?’

It appears that the general consensus of Swans fans would disagree with Hartson’s comments above. Many believe that he has to go, and whether or not you agree with that, you wonder who we’d replace him with.

But until he is sacked, which is looking more likely, he still needs the fans support, as does the team of course. They produced a better performance in the 2-1 League defeat against Manchester City on Wednesday night, but Guidolin still needs to inspire his side with more attacking threat and confidence if he is to turn things around.

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