Belfast Telegraph

My future will be decided once Swans are safe, says boss Guidolin

Francesco Guidolin says talks over his Swansea future will be held as soon as the club are safe from the threat of relegation.

Swansea would get to the 40-point mark on Saturday by inflicting Chelsea's first Barclays Premier League defeat since Guus Hiddink was appointed interim manager in December.

Guidolin has steered Swansea away from the bottom three since being appointed head coach three months ago.

B ut it remains uncertain whether the Welsh club will take up the option of the veteran Italian staying at the Liberty Stadium next season.

"I will speak in the next few weeks with my chairman [Huw Jenkins] about my future," said Guidolin at his pre-match press conference.

"This is my agreement.

"First we must get maybe one, maybe three, maybe four points because 37 points is not enough.

"I'm only thinking match by match and to get many points to finish the season well. This is my dream.

"I hope to show my qualities as a manager, but I have said that my future is the present now and I don't know if I'm still here next year.

"I would like to show all my qualities, but I don't know [if that will happen]."

Guidolin has been linked with the Italy job which will become vacant after this summer's European Championships.

But the former Parma and Udinese manager insists he has not spoken to the Italian Football Association in the wake of the announcement that current boss Antonio Conte is to join Chelsea next season.

"I don't know if my name is on the list for the Italian job," said Guidolin.

"If so, it is an honour for me because I'm Italian, but it is only rumours and I have not spoken to the Italian FA.

"I only want to speak of how proud I would be to have the possibility to work here at Swansea."

Swansea have won three of their last five matches and came from 2-0 down at Stoke last weekend to pick up another precious point.

But Guidolin accepts that Chelsea present a formidable obstacle to Swansea climbing closer to safety with the champions unbeaten in 15 league games under Hiddink.

"Football is difficult to win every year," Guidolin said about Chelsea's early-season struggles under former manager Jose Mourinho.

"But now they play well. It's a massive game for us, a difficult game.

"I trust in my players, I see what they do on the training ground and it is possible for me to improve them every day and every week.

"We have six finals, the first one against a great team, but we are confident."


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