Giggs favourite to replace sacked Bob Bradley at Stoke
Ryan Giggs has been installed by bookies as the hot favourite to take over as Swansea City manager after the Welsh club sacked Bob Bradley just 11 games into his reign.
Bradley was a surprise pick to take over at Swansea in October, but he has struggled to make any impact and leaves with the Welsh club joint bottom of the Premier League with just 12 points collected all season.
“We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time,’’ confirmed Swans chairman Huw Jenkins.
“Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.
“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble.
“Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future.’’
Giggs is now expected to be a front-runner for the vacancy, with the Welsh football legend eager to start his management career after ending his enduring spell as a player and then a coach with Manchester United last summer.
It remains to be seen whether his views on the Swansea project will change if he is approached again, as he revealed why he initially turned down the job.
“There I was enjoying my year out … and I get the call off Swansea," reflected Giggs.
"I met with them a couple of times but in the end there was just mixed messages from the football side and the ownership side of the club.
“I just felt their ambitions did not really match mine, so it didn’t quite work out.”
Giggs would clearly need to be convinced that he would deal with Swansea chairman Jenkins and not the club's American owners as he looks to start his management career.
Wales manager Chris Coleman will also be linked with the Swansea post, with sacked Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew also in the mix for a swift return to the Premier League.