It’s once again all change at Swansea with the not to surprising news that Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties after just 11 Premier League matches in charge. With boos ringing out around The Liberty Stadium during the Swans’ 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham, it was surely only going to be a matter of time before Bradley was shown the exit door.
The almost farcical reign of Bob Bradley, which will mostly be remembered for the equally farcical 5-4 win over Crystal Palace, now comes to an end and the American will now join a long list of foreign Premier League managerial failures, such as Felix Magath, Jacques Santini and Remi Garde.
For as well as Bradley came across in interviews, he seemed woefully out of his depth. Plucked from the French Second Division to replace Francesco Guidolin, it’s quite apparent that the club’s new American owners made the wrong decision.
But now the next decision they make is going to be absolutely crucial. For all their on-pitch woes, Swansea are still only four points from safety and aren’t quite a lost cause just yet. Yes, whoever comes in is going to have their work cut out, but there is still more than half a season to turn things around.
Had Bradley stayed in charge then it seemed apparent that the club would have nosedived into the Championship. The appointment and then subsequent sacking of Bradley almost seems harsh on Guidolin. Hindsight may well be a wonderful thing but they would have been better off keeping the Italian in charge. He couldn’t have done any worse right now.
So who do the Swansea attempt to bring into the club to try and steady what seems to be a sinking ship? They have already made one huge incorrect decision and they simply can’t afford to make another if they are to maintain their Premier League status.
After appointing an American coach to much derision, the bookmakers seems to point to getting a Welsh coach in at the helm and right now it seems to be a shoot out between Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs. They may well be the desired targets but how realistic are they?
Ryan Giggs was interviewed for the job after Guidolin’s sacking and was believed to not have impressed all that much, but will the Swansea hierarchy now have a change of heart and attempt to bring in the former Manchester United legend?
On the flip side, you then have to ask yourself whether or not Giggs fancies the opportunity at this stage. He was perturbed at the fact he was overlooked a few months ago and may well feel that with the situation that the club is in, he is better off biding his time before stepping back into the world of management.
That then leaves current Wales boss Chris Coleman. After an incredible Euro 2016 campaign, Coleman’s stock has risen immensely and his name has been linked with a whole host of vacancies.
The sticking point of not being able to acquire the talents of Coleman was the fact that the Welsh FA were not prepared to release him from his contract and you would imagine that the same scenario would manifest this time around.
After the highs of Euro 2016, Wales’ bid to qualify for a first World Cup in 60 years is not proving as successful. They already find themselves four points off of an automatic qualifying spot and perhaps Coleman may feel he has taken this group of players as far as he can.
That could mean that he will fancy the chance to move back into club management but he has also gone on record by saying that he would like to coach abroad once his stint on the international scene comes to an end, therefore he may very well dismiss Swansea as a viable option.
If Swansea fail to get in a Welsh coach then there are a couple of other early contenders that they could consider. The first one of those would be Alan Pardew. After being replaced by Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace he could be offered a quick return to the Premier League.
But taking a job of this kind does bring it’s own risk for a manager like Pardew. His stock is already low after that sacking from Selhurst Park and if he were to add a relegation to his CV then it moves him further away from the long term desire of being England boss.
If Pardew decides that he does not want the job then a surprise candidate could be Gary Rowett. Recently sacked by Birmingham after the club’s new owners decided to replace him with Gianfranco Zola, he could find himself getting an unlikely step up to the top flight.
But would the appointment of someone like Rowett appease an already irate Swansea fanbase. There is no doubting Rowett’s managerial talents but perhaps that appointment sends the kind of message that the club is preparing for life in the Championship and is ready to write off the rest of this campaign.
The one thing the club’s owners have got right is getting rid of Bob Bradley before the start of the transfer window. In doing that it at least that gives the new manager enough time to bring in some much needed new faces to boost their survival bid.
Whoever that new man is has to galvanise a squad which is low on confidence and tighten up a defence that is leaking goals. It’s the kind of remit that Sam Allardyce would fit but they obviously got beaten to the punch by Crystal Palace on that front.
So with the club looking to bring a new face in the next few days, they do not have a lot of time to make a decision, but for fans’ sake they need to make it a correct one, or their current six season spell in the Premier League will be coming to an end in May.