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Swansea City Next Manager: Ryan Giggs favorite to replace Bob Bradley

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English Premier League club Swansea City sacked manager Bob Bradley after only 85 days of being in charge. Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is currently the odds favorite to replace the American at the Liberty Stadium.

The 58-year-old Bradley was terminated from his contract following Swansea’s 4-1 home defeat by West Ham. The defeat was The Swans’ seventh in eleven games since the American took charge of the Welsh football club, according to BBC.

Sky Bet has tagged Giggs as 6/4 favorite to replace Bradley as Swansea City’s new manager. Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew follows the Welsh wonder with 11/4.

Wales coach Chris Coleman currently stands at 8/1 to take over as the new boss at Liberty Stadium while former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is at 5/1. Former USA manager Jurgen Kinsmann and Roy Hodgson are at 16/1 and 5/1 odd respectively.

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Although Giggs is being heavily linked to the Swansea job, it is highly unlikely that the former Manchester United winger will be interested.

The Welshman was previously linked with the job twice. The 43-year-old was interviewed by the Swansea board in autumn after the sack of Francesco Guidolin. However, The Swans hierarchy decided to award Bob Bradley the job.

Giggs, who is awaiting his first managerial post since leaving United will know that he is Swansea’s second choice. The man from Cardiff, United Kingdom garnered coaching experience at Old Trafford after retiring as a player playing wingman under Louis Van Gaal.

It has to be noted though that the most decorated player in the Premier League has plenty of experience as a player in English football.

Bob Bradley’s record at Swansea City

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Bradley arrived in Swansea at a time when the club was hovering above the relegation zone via goal difference. However, since his arrival, the team has conceded 29 goals and has just gained eight points out of a possible 33.

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“I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realised the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run. But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That’s what I’ve always told my players. Football can be cruel and to have a chance, you have to be strong.” Bradley said.

Alan Curtis and Paul Williams, first team coaches will take over duties temporarily at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea City are due to face Bournemouth at home on New Year’s eve.

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