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Ryan Giggs in frame after Swansea sack Bradley - can Man United icon hack it in top flight management?

By Phil Blanche

Swansea are seeking their fifth manager in under three years after bringing Bob Bradley's sorry 85-day reign to an end.

Bradley, the first American to manage in the Premier League, lasted just 11 games, with only a superior goal difference to Hull keeping Swansea from the bottom of the Premier League.

The 58-year-old took training yesterday morning, but the club's American owners decided to sack him after the 4-1 Boxing Day home defeat to West Ham had fans calling for his dismissal.

Swansea lost seven times under Bradley and conceded 29 goals. They conceded at least three in eight of his 11 games.

"I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realised the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run," said Bradley last night.

"But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That's what I've always told my players.

"Football can be cruel and to have a chance you have to be strong. I wish Swansea the best and look forward to my next challenge."

Ryan Giggs has been installed as the early bookmakers' favourite to succeed Bradley at the Liberty Stadium. But it remains to be seen whether the former Manchester United assistant manager would want to work with the Swansea hierarchy.

Giggs spoke to them when Francesco Guidolin was dismissed at the start of October, but the former Wales captain was overlooked in favour of Bradley when it was said that he had interviewed badly.

It is understood that Wales manager Chris Coleman, born in the city and a former Swansea player, has his admirers, while out-of-work trio Gary Rowett, Alan Pardew and Frank de Boer also feature in the early betting.

First-team coaches Paul Williams and Alan Curtis will take charge in the short-term, with Swansea's next two games at home to Bournemouth on Saturday and away to Crystal Palace next Tuesday. Swansea are four points from safety and the board want to make a quick appointment, with the January transfer window due to open shortly.

"We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period,'' Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said. "Things haven't worked out and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining."

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