Francesco Guidolin came out on top in our recent poll, and reports are emerging that the club are set to offer him a new deal to stay on as manager for next season.
In the middle of Swansea’s two lacklustre defeats against Newcastle and Leicester, we asked fans via our site poll who they wanted as manager for next season. Despite the defeats, the fans were still in favour of the Italian staying on. He was as high as 42%, before the poll settled at 34% in favour of the 60 year-old. Frank de Boer (23%) was second before former boss Brendan Rodgers (20%) in third.
View the full poll results here
Back then, Guidolin expressed his desire to stay at Swansea after ‘falling in love’ with the Premier League.
Club legend and assistant to Guidolin – Alan Curtis has also given his support to the Italian following last Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Ham United.
Click here to read our article featuring an Italian journalist’s insight into Guidolin shortly after he was appointed in January.
Guidolin enjoyed a successful 4-year spell at Serie A side Udinese before taking a much needed break in the game before coming in to save the Swans from relegation. Despite seeing some of the club’s best players sold over those 4 years, he was able to achieve 3 top 5 finishes in the Italian top flight division. That success must have been a factor in the club’s decision to appoint him four months ago. Read about his record in terms of transfer fees here
Speculation has been strong for months that Brendan Rodgers was all set to return to the Liberty Stadium for a second spell – having guided us to Championship Play-Off glory 5 years ago. But an incredible turn-around means it looks like the board will conclude during Wednesday’s monthly meeting that Guidolin should be offered a new deal.
The Daily Mail, BBC, Telegraph, Wales Online and Evening Post have all published the news on Tuesday evening – BEFORE the club’s planned meeting the following day. If those reports are to be believed, then it’s down to Guidolin to agree terms and sign the new contract.
Chairman Huw Jenkins should have no doubts as to whether the fans would back the decision to keep Guidolin. They were chanting his name during the 4-1 win at West Ham, and they’re certain to do the same during Sunday’s final League game of the season.
As we tweeted below back in February, we may have been premature back then to want him to stay for next season – given some of the performances we would see – but he’s turned things around – and the majority of fans have now been convinced.
Call this premature, but for different reasons, I’ll be absolutely gutted if Guidolin isn’t our manager next season.
? Vital Swansea City (@VitalSwansea) February 2, 2016
We expect to hear more concrete news on the managerial situation on Wednesday following the outcome of the meeting – we just hope this news is accurate.