Belfast Telegraph

Ryan Giggs ready to fly to rescue in Premier League return as Swansea boss

By Jim Gracey

Ryan Giggs is set for a dramatic Premier League return as manager of Swansea, just months after his Manchester United exit, sparked by the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

The United and Welsh legend has been specifically targeted with alarm bells ringing over a poor start to the season by Swans that has left 60-year-old Italian boss Francesco Guidolin fighting to save his job after just nine months in the post.

Swansea have won just one of their five Premier League matches this season and crashed out of the EFL Cup, 2-1 to Manchester City last night.

Huw Jenkins, the Swansea chairman, was hoping to meet Giggs ahead of the defeat to Manchester City last night but postponed the plans after talks with majority shareholders Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.

Kaplan and Levien, who completed their £100m takeover in July, are keen for stability and are reluctant to make a change so early in the season.

But Giggs has been a Jenkins target for some time and with the 42-year-old available, Guidolin appears increasingly likely to be sacked before the next international break in October.

Guidolin's future is under serious doubt not only due to results but growing concerns over his methods and relationship with the squad.

It now looks inevitable that Swans chairman Jenkins will get his wish to offer Giggs the chance to satisfy his Premier League managerial ambitions after serving as United assistant to ill-fated Louis van Gaal and turning down the chance to work under Mourinho in a lesser youth development role.

Wales manager Chris Coleman would be a fallback with Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill an outside consideration, given the desire to land Giggs. Guidolin succeeded Gary Monk as Swans boss in January this year.

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