Swansea City has fired Francesco Guidolin after a poor start to the new Premier League campaign for the Welsh side.
Guidolin, 61, joined a struggling Swansea side in January, taking over for Garry Monk. The hopes were that the Italian would be able to replicate some of the success he had at Udinese, where he took a club with lesser means all the way to the Champions League.
He managed to guide the Swans to a 12th-place finish last season, but after a rocky start to the new campaign that has seen the team pick up a mere four points in seven matches, it was announced that the club was parting ways with Guidolin.
“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.’’
Along with Guidolin, three members of his staff, Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti, and Claudio Bordon were also let go.
The club has brought in Bob Bradley to replace Guidolin, making him the first American manager in the Premier League. The 58-year-old New Jersey native joins Swansea from Ligue 2 side Le Havre. He was the United States national team manager between December 2006 to July 2011.