Swans turn to Francesco Guidolin


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Premier League strugglers Swansea have turned to former Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

The Italian is set to work as head coach alongside interim boss Alan Curtis until the end of the season as the Swans look to pick up enough points to preserve their top-flight status.

The Liberty Stadium outfit entertain Watford on Monday night and must win to climb out of the bottom three after Newcastle beat West Ham on Saturday.

Swansea defender Kyle Naughton is available after he won his appeal against the red card he received in the defeat by Sunderland to give Curtis a full squad for the game.

“The most important thing is that we get back on track,” he told reporters. “It would be great to win the game because it would be demoralising to lose three league games in a row.

“They [Watford] have been on a fantastic run and it will be a tough game but we’re at home and we’ll make sure we do everything in our power to get that victory because we need the three points.”

Watford defender Nathan Ake is available again after a three-match suspension and he is expected to replace Jose Holebas at left-back, with fellow defenders Tommie Hoban out with respective groin and knee injuries.

The Hornets are in 12th place in the table ahead of the game and three points would take them up to eight spot. Swansea are 2.40 to win while the draw is 3.00 and a Watford win is 3.25.

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