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New Swansea boss: I wanted Watford job

Francesco Guidolin is the new Swansea manager. Credit: PA

Francesco Guidolin admits he had hoped to manage Watford - but is happy to have been given a chance to experience the Premier League with Swansea.

The Italian was appointed as the Swans' new head coach on Monday and watched his new team defeat Watford that evening. He will take charge of a match for the first time against Everton on Sunday.

Guidolin left his last managerial post with Udinese in May 2014 and took up a position as technical supervisor of the three teams owned by the Pozzo family - Udinese, Granada and Watford.

I think I did some great work at Udinese. I let them know I would have liked to work at Watford, even in the Championship, but other managers were hired.

Given their results, which include promotion and their good form in the Premier League, they made the right decision.

– Francesco Guidolin


Sunderland target not for sale - Swansea boss

Andre Ayew played on Monday night against Watford. Credit: PA

Alan Curtis says Swansea forward Andre Ayew won't be living the club this month, as far as he is concerned.

The Ghanaian has been linked with moves to Sunderland and Liverpool, but the Welsh club aren't interested in selling.

There was talk of him going to Sunderland or them making a bid.

But we wouldn't even entertain that as far as I am concerned.

He is one of a number of big players for us and we don't want to lose anybody during the window.

We want to bring people in and we will get somebody in.

But if we don't it's important no one else goes out through the door.

– Alan Curtis

New Swansea head coach set for watching brief

Francesco Guidolin is set to get his first glimpse of Swansea's Premier League survival prospects when he watches them play Watford tonight.

The 60-year-old Italian will be named as the club's new head coach working alongside Alan Curtis, who was only confirmed in the role 10 days ago.

Francesco Guidolin will be in the stands on Monday. Credit: PA

Guidolin - who will sign an initial short-term contract - will watch from the stands before taking charge for the first time in next Sunday's top-flight trip to Everton.

Although the deal is yet to be officially confirmed, club chiefs decided to act after just one win in six games under Curtis saw the club slide back into the relegation zone on Saturday.


Curtis prepared to step aside if Swansea struggle

Alan Curtis. Credit: PA

Alan Curtis says he is willing to step aside if Swansea identify a new manager to protect their Premier League status.

Curtis succeeded the sacked Garry Monk in a caretaker role last month and his appointment until the end of the season was only confirmed on January 7.

But it was reported on Sunday that Curtis' position may already be under threat with Swansea dropping into the relegation zone ahead of Monday night's home game with Watford.

Curtis, who has spent over 40 years at Swansea as player, coach and manager, accepts the club's future is more important than his own.

"I'd expect to be here until the end of the season, but if results go against us and the club deem it that they need to bring someone in at short notice, then so be it," said Curtis.

"I've got no sort of vanity (that I must) be here until the end of the season."

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