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Swansea head coach to miss Norwich clash

Swansea's press conference has been attended by first-team coach Alan Curtis and the club have confirmed that head coach Francesco Guidolin will miss Saturday's Premier League fixture against Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.

Guidolin has been in hospital with a chest infection since Wednesday. Credit: PA

Guidolin has been in hospital with a chest infection since Wednesday that meant he missed the midweek win over Arsenal.

"He remains in a comfortable position and is making good progress, but doctors have advised that he misses this weekend's game to continue his recovery," read a statement on the club's website.

"He is expected to remain in hospital over the weekend before his release. Everyone at Swansea City continue to wish him a speedy recovery."

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Swansea boss Guidolin admitted to London hospital

Swansea have confirmed head coach Francesco Guidolin will not be in the dugout for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash at Arsenal due to health reasons.

60-year-old Guidolin has been admitted to hospital. Credit: PA

The 60-year-old has only been in charge of the Swans for five games after replacing interim boss Alan Curtis with the south Wales outfit involved in the battle for Premier League survival.

Curtis will take charge once again while Guildolin recovers from a chest infection which has seen his admitted to hospital in London.

"Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin will miss tonight's Barclays Premier League fixture at Arsenal," the club announced on their website.

"Guidolin has been struggling with a chest infection for over a week and after failing to respond fully to medical treatment, was referred to a respiratory specialist at a London hospital this afternoon.

"The specialist felt that the best course of action was for Guidolin to remain in hospital for a few days to receive further treatment.

"He is in a comfortable position and is expected to recover fully in a few days. Everyone at Swansea City wishes him a speedy recovery. Alan Curtis will carry out his duties during his recovery period."

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Swansea captain: I had to Google new boss

Ashley Williams says the Swansea squad are up to speed with shock new managerial appointment Francesco Guidolin after Googling the Italian on the internet.

Guidolin had a watching brief on Monday night as Swansea moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone by beating Watford 1-0, Williams' first goal for nearly two years securing the Welsh club only their third win in 18 attempts.

Ashley Williams says he had to Google Francesco Guidolin Credit: PA

The former Udinese boss, who takes over team matters from interim manager Alan Curtis, will take the reins for Sunday's visit to Everton - but Williams insists the players are not bothered who is in charge.

"I know everything about him (Guidolin) now as I Googled him on Sunday night," Williams said.

"I'm sure everybody did the same thing as I did and the boys did, we know his background but it doesn't really matter to us who comes in.

"We get told 'he's your manager', you listen to what he has to say, give your all and do as best as you possibly can.

"We have to help him settle in as quick as possible. The chairman (Huw Jenkins) has made that move which is fine with us.

"We just get on with it and we're just happy we got the win for Curt and the other guys."

Newcastle make moves for Saivet and Shelvey

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hoping for a much-needed double transfer breakthrough as he attempts to drag the club out of yet another worrying tailspin.

Shelvey could be set to join Newcastle. Credit: PA

PA Sport reported that Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet was on Tyneside on Monday to discuss a potential move, while the Magpies are also understood to have formalised their long-held interest in Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey.

Senegal international Saivet, 25, has spent much of his career playing as a winger but has occupied a central role for his club this season and could cost in excess of £4million.

Shelvey, who was coveted by former boss Alan Pardew during his time at St James' Park, appears to be heading out of Swansea after losing his place under first Garry Monk and then new boss Alan Curtis.

He was reportedly involved in a row with a Swans fan following the club's 3-2 FA Cup third round defeat by League Two Oxford on Sunday.

Shelvey has been linked with a £10million switch to Newcastle as the club attempts to end a run of four consecutive 1-0 defeats and ease itself out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with home games against Manchester United on Tuesday evening and West Ham at the weekend.

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