Swansea City have sacked manager Bob Bradley after just 11 games in charge at the Welsh club. The 58-year-old became the first American to manage in the Premier League when he took over from Francesco Guidolin who left the Liberty Stadium on October 3.
He secured just eight points and managed two wins in his time in charge and he leaves with the side 19th in the Premier League table.
The Swans shipped 29 goals in 11 games under Bradley’s watch, with the 4-1 home defeat to West Ham on Boxing Day proving to be his final game.
Bradley admits that the cut-throat nature of top level football can be ‘cruel’ but insists he was aware of what needed to be done.
“I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realised the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run,” Bradley said.
“But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That’s what I’ve always told my players. Football can be cruel and to have a chance, you have to be strong.
I wish Swansea the best and look forward to my next challenge.” Swansea are level on 12 points with bottom-side Hull but are four points from safety and they host Bournemouth on December 31.
The power brokers at the club are said to be considering former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs in the race to succeed Bradley.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins felt the club needed to make a chance before their relegation scrap escalates further. “We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time,” Jenkins said in a statement.
“Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.” Swansea are 2.88 to beat Bournemouth on Saturday while they are 1.53 to be relegated this season.