Swansea confirm experienced Italian as new manager in bid to beat the drop

Swansea City have appointed Francesco Guidolin as their head coach until the end of the season, report BBC Sport.

The 60-year old former Udinese coach will work alongside Swans stalwart Alan Curtis for the rest of the season.

It is a drastic U-turn from owner Huw Jenkins, who only 10 days ago announced Curtis would take the reins until the end of the campaign.

However, relegation from the Premier League has become a distinct possibility for the Welsh club for the first time since their promotion in 2011.

Former manager Garry Monk was sacked back in December after an alarming slip down the table and a full time successor was not installed.

The incoming Italian has amassed a wealth of experience in Serie A having coached Udinese, Atalanta, Parma and Empoli, amongst others.

Following the 4-2 defeat to relegation rivals Sunderland, Curtis revealed he would be willing to step aside and work with a more experienced coach in their bid to beat the drop.