Written by Carl Walker
Bob Bradley has departed from Swansea after just 11 games in charge of the Premier League outfit, which yielded only 2 wins. This recent departure caps a torrid twelve months or so for the club.
After Gary Monk was sacked in early December last year Swansea turned to Francesco Guidolin, another manager who was unknown to the Premier League and it showed.
Guidolin did manage to keep Swansea up, but the concerns were growing rapidly. Struggling to learn the language and interact with his players and ill health saw the Italian depart at the beginning of October this season.
Bob Bradley’s appointment again took everyone by surprise, with zero Premier League experience, albeit an impressive CV and interview, seemed to be worthy enough of getting him in the job. The First American to manage in the Premier League, was this a new chapter in the League’s history? Are there to be more coaches coming in from this untapped market?
The reality is that since the new owners of Swansea took control in the summer of 2016 it has been bad decision after bad decision. Both Managerial appointments have been truly abysmal. Bob Bradley got the job due to an impressive interview and with him detailing how he would pick up points against the next three opponents.
They lost two and drew the other one of these three games. Bradley had to wait until the end of November for his first win, in what was a thriller against Crystal Palace.
There has also been dismay on the recruitment side. Losing Ashley Williams was a massive massive blow, and this left a huge hole, not just in the defence but in the squad.
If you needed to know anything about the defender, then just look at the way he led his Wales team during the European Championships in France, a true leader, a warrior, and now someone who hasn’t been replaced.
Ashley Williams would be a huge loss to any team and Swansea have struggled defensively this season. they have conceded 41 goals this season, the highest in the Premier League, and having also seen Andre Ayew depart for West Ham. The goals have dried up. They sit 15th in the table on goals scored with just 21 from 18 games.
So what next for Swansea? The American Owners need to get their house in order and quickly or I fear the worst for the clubs survival. The one thing I will applaud is that they have acted when they have seen the situation was untenable and just before the January Window.
The next appointment is absolutely crucial to Swansea’s season and possible future within the Premier League itself, another failure on the managerial front could see them go down without a fight.
The club will be no doubt linked with a host of names in the coming days but in my opinion they should go after Harry Redknapp, he is perfect for this job, a battler who has only been relegated once in his career and has been able to adapt to each club he has managed at.
Smart in the market and with a plethora of Premier League experience he could be just the tonic for the club from south Wales. He could also prove instrumental in helping to hold on to some of the biggest stars still at the club.
The new manager, If it is to be Harry, will need al the help he can get so holding onto stars such as Sigurdsson, Llorente and Ki, and also improving the squad would give the Swans the best chance of survival.
Swansea fans, who would you like to see as the club’s next manager? Let us know in the comments below!
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