Swansea sack Guidolin, bring in American Bradley

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Swansea City have announced the sacking of Francesco Guidolin, with Bob Bradley replacing him as head coach of the Premier League side.

Guidolin leaves the Swans on the back of a six-game winless run and in 17th place in the Premier League standings and according to the club, his backroom staff of Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti and Claudio Bordon have also been released.

The Italian becomes the first casualty of the 2016/17 Premier League season and his replacement, Bradley becomes the first ever American manager in the English top flight.

Bradley will arrive at the Liberty Stadium following Le Havre's fixture with Sochaux on Monday night, after the two clubs in question struck a deal with the former USA national team coach.

"We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco," Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the club's official website.

"We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way. 

"We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future."

However, Jenkins admitted the arrival of Bradley, who is renowned for his short-passing and high-pressing style of football, is exactly what the club need in order to improve results.

"We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

"He is well aware of the club's footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level," Jenkins added.

"It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch."