Francesco Guidolin is fighting to save his job at Swansea City after it emerged that the Welsh club has targeted former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs to replace him as head coach.
The 60-year-old Italian took charge at the Liberty Stadium back in January, with the team struggling in the Premier League and only two points above the relegation zone.
However, having steered the Swans to safety last term, Guidolin's side have picked up just one win and one draw from their opening five league games this season and find themselves level on points with 17th placed Bournemouth.
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It is understood that Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins considered approaching Giggs over the prospect of succeeding Guidolin, but the move was blocked by the club's new American owners.
The majority shareholders; Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, completed a £100 million takeover in June, and their desire for stability means that they are reluctant to make such a big change so early into the new campaign.
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As a result, despite wanting to meet Giggs ahead of Swansea's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup third round on Wednesday, Jenkins was forced to postpone his plans.
While it is unclear whether Giggs would be willing to accept the position, the 42-year-old footballing legend has admitted on several occasions that he wants to be a managerial number one, and he has been a target for Jenkins for a long period of time.
Guidolin in trouble
Sources told Telegraph Sport that Guidolin is a "dead man walking" and expressed the inevitability of him becoming the first Premier League boss to lose his job, with it appearing increasingly likely that the sacking will occur before the next international break in October.
The reasons why Guidolin's future is in serious doubt stem not only from Swansea's recent results, but also due to growing concerns over his training methods and his relationship with senior players. This season, the experienced manager clashed with long-time servant Neil Taylor and also publicly criticised midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.
There has been a feeling of bewilderment behind the scenes at the club over some of his preparations for matches and it's even been alleged that he missed morning sessions of Swansea's pre-season trip to America to watch the Tour de France on television.
The Swans missed out on their main transfer targets which included Nacer Chadli, Joe Allen, Hakim Ziyech and Leonardo Ulloa, while £5 million signing Fernando Lllorente has disappointed and failed to score in six appearances so far.
The US owners have been made aware of Jenkins' discontent but are hoping that Guidolin can mount a revival and improve the team's performances. It is believed that the visit of Liverpool (on October 1) is seen as crucial by Swansea's board, although a heavy loss to Pep Guardiola's in-form City on Saturday could prompt an even sooner decision.
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