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Swansea v Watford: Guidolin to join Swans as the new head coach

By Jonathan Hunn

Published 18/01/2016

Italian job: Francesco Guidolin will join Swansea
Italian job: Francesco Guidolin will join Swansea

Swansea City are set to appoint former Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach to work alongside Alan Curtis until the end of the season. The 60-year-old Italian has managed several clubs in Italy, including Palermo and Parma, as well as Monaco.

Swansea placed Curtis in caretaker charge after Garry Monk's departure before Christmas and then announced on January 7 that the 61-year-old would continue as interim manager until the end of the season. But following a 4-2 home defeat by relegation rivals Sunderland in midweek, Curtis said at the weekend he would be willing to step aside if the club found a new manager before the end of the campaign.

The Swans, who entertain Watford tonight, have dropped into the relegation zone.

Watford captain Troy Deeney is hoping his team can prove that their defeat at Southampton last week was an aberration.

Quique Sanchez Flores' side have slipped to 12th after a run of four league matches without a win and Deeney said: "If we win at Swansea everything is back to normal."

On Saturday in the Premier League, Jonjo Shelvey ended a "perfect" week on Tyneside with a priceless 2-1 win over West Ham which breathed new life into Newcastle's survival bid.

The £12m debutant played a key part in both Newcastle goals.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil remains hopeful of closing out a deal this month for Everton's Steven Naismith.

Neil also confirmed his interest in signing Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman insists Charlie Austin's £4m arrival does not signal the departure of one of his other forwards, with Graziano Pelle, Shane Long and Sadio Mané all having been linked with moves.

Danny Rose has praised the response from Tottenham as they came from behind to beat Sunderland 4-1. "We had an upset against Leicester on Wednesday and we've shown a great ability to respond," said the full-back.

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