Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin

Swansea have sacked manager Francesco Guidolin, with former United States national team coach Bob Bradley being immediately appointed as his replacement.

The Welsh club, who currently sit above the bottom-three only on goal difference, have claimed just one Premier League win from their opening seven games this season.

Since beating Burnley 1-0 on the opening day, they have suffered five defeats and one draw.

Their latest losses came against Manchester City and Liverpool, despite admirable performances, having earlier claimed a point against Chelsea in a gutsy 2-2 tie.

An American consortium, led by Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien took over the Swans in July, inheriting Guidolin as manager, but after their woeful star have stepped in to install former USA boss Bradley in the hotseat.

Guidolin was given the boot on Monday – his 61st birthday.

The former Udinese boss joined Swansea in January as head coach and, after steadying the ship and steering them clear of relegation danger, was given a two-year contract in May.

Ryan Giggs and Gianfranco Zola were among those to have been linked with the job over the past few weeks, while there were reports club chairman Huw Jenkins had met with Bradley at Bristol Airport. Bradley, 58, had been working at French club Le Havre in Ligue 2.