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Giggs is front-runner for Swansea job – but who else could replace sacked Bradley?

Date Posted,December 26, 2016

Ryan Giggs is the red hot favourite to replace Bob Bradley as the manager of Swansea City.

The axe fell on American Bradley on Tuesday after just 85 days in charge of the Welsh club.

Swansea remained joint-bottom of the table after they were thrashed 4-1 at home by fellow strugglers West Ham on Boxing Day.

BetVictor have Premier League legend and proud Welshman Giggs priced up at evens to take the reins at the Liberty Stadium.

Giggs, 43, has been out of a job since leaving his post as Manchester United assistant manager at the end of last season.

He was overlooked following Francesco Guidolin’s sacking in October but he is now the even money favourite for the post.

Bob Bradley has been sacked after just 85 days in charge of Swansea (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs
Man United legend Giggs has been out of a job since he left Old Trafford (Photo: Reuters)

BetVictor odds for next Swansea manager

Ryan Giggs, 1/1

Giggs was overlooked by the Swansea board last time around as they interviewed the Manchester United icon but then opted for Bradley. The former Wales winger, the most decorated footballer in English history, has yet to land his managerial breakthrough, but has Premier League experience in spades and could look to include former United team-mates Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in his coaching team when he does take his first job as a manager. Giggs would be something of a coup for Swansea should he decide to begin his managerial career at the Liberty Stadium.

Alan Pardew,4/1

Alan Pardew was sacked by Crystal Palace before Christmas (Photo: Christopher Lee)

Recently sacked by Crystal Palace, Pardew has plenty of Premier League managerial experience and the 55-year-old has often enjoyed prolific honeymoon periods at previous clubs – something Swansea desperately need in their current predicament. However, he was appointed Charlton boss in similar circumstances a decade ago and failed to keep the Addicks in the top flight.

Gary Rowett, 5/1

Gary Rowett recently lost his job at Birmingham in harsh circumstances (Photo: Action Images)

The 42-year-old is still regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the British game and his stock remains high, despite his recent harsh sacking by Championship club Birmingham. Rowett is ambitious and keen to prove himself and Swansea have previously gone after that kind of manager in the past when appointing the likes of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Garry Monk.

Chris Coleman, 6/1

Wales boss Chris Coleman is an option (Photo: Getty Images)

Swansea have wanted Coleman before and may think he is the right man to rescue his home-town club. The 46-year-old would be a popular choice with Swans fans, being one of their own, but there is one obvious problem – Coleman is currently the Wales manager. Coleman has recently said he is committed to trying to get Wales to the 2018 World Cup and the board of directors at the Liberty Stadium will not want a tug-of-war battle with the Welsh FA for the services of their manager.

Roy Hodgson, 12/1

Roy Hodgson with Adam Lallana
Roy Hodgson left his post as England manager in the summer (Photo: Getty)

Hodgson has been out of work since he left his post as England manager following the summer’s dismal European Championship failure. He’s had success as a Premier League manager with Fulham and West Brom in the past, though, and could represent a sensible option for Swansea who surely need an experienced head at the helm to give them the best chance of survival.

Jurgen Klinsmann, 12/1

Former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann could be an option (Photo: Jurgen Klinsmann)

The former Tottenham striker has managerial experience at international level, having been in charge of the United States for almost five years and Germany prior to that. America fell to a semi-final Copa America exit in the summer while Klinsmann guided Germany to the last-four stage at the 2006 World Cup.

*Odds correct at the time of publication

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