Francesco Guidolin teams up with Alan Curtis at Swanseaby Jack Kitson / 18 January 2016, 09:43Tweet
Swansea have appointed Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach in an attempt to enhance their chances of survival. The relegation-threatened Swans, 18th, are two points adrift of safety after 21 matches, but hope that the Italian's shock arrival will be the boost they so desperately need.
- Guidolin has managed a dozen different Italian teams - twice qualifying for the Champions League with Udinese.
- Swansea are priced at 8/13 (Coral) to avoid the drop.
Guidolin, who has previously been linked with QPR, will work alongside Alan Curtis who has been in charge of the Welsh side since Garry Monk departed last month, with the duo tasked with keeping the club in the Premier League.
The 60-year-old has plenty of managerial experience in Italy, enjoying spells at the likes of Udinese, Parma and Palermo, while he has also only managed once outside his homeland with Monaco, meaning this will be his first venture in England.
Guidolin will be in the stands for Swansea's match at home to Watford tonight (Monday), with Curtis on the touchline. The Swans are priced at 17/12 (UniBet) to end a three game losing streak with a rare win, which would subsequently propel them out of the dreaded drop zone, at the expense of Newcastle.