Swansea close to appointing former Monaco manager in shock U-turn

Swansea City are close to appointing former Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin as their new manager, according to the Daily Mail.

The Italian is reportedly expected in Wales later this afternoon ahead of his shock instillation at the Welsh club on a short-term basis.

Current caretaker boss Alan Curtis had been expected to lead the club for the rest of the season, though owner Huw Jenkins appears to have performed a drastic U-turn.

The 60-year old has a wealth of experience in Serie A having coached the likes of Udinese, Empoli and Parma, as well as Monaco for half a decade between 2004 and 2009.

Only 10 days ago was Swans stalwart Curtis given the role until the end of the season, though the prospect of relegation is emerging as a distinct possibility at the Liberty Stadium.

Former boss Garry Monk was axed in early December despite winning the Manager of the Month award earlier in the season, after an alarming slip down the table.

Jonjo Shelvey was sold to relegation rivals Newcastle United, while stars such as Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew have also been linked with exits.