Is Giggs set for the Swansea job?
Ryan Giggs could be set for his first venture in to management as Swansea boss, if the Welsh side decide to part company with current boss Francesco Guidolin. The Italian has come under pressure in recent weeks after a lacklustre start to the new season and reports emerging of rifts with his players.
Giggs is believed to be the man in the frame to replace him should Guidolin depart the South Wales club, with the 42-year old having previously been considered by Swans chairman Huw Jenkins. After ending his 24-year association with Manchester United in the summer, Giggs signalled his ambitions on becoming manager and now Swansea could provide him with a Premier League platform to display his credentials.
Guidolin's position as Swansea boss looks to be under threat with his side having so far made an underwhelming start to the campaign. However it appears as though the 60-year old Italian's relationship with his players could be the main straining point, with both Neil Taylor and Ki Sung-Yeung both visibly showing their anger in being substituted in recent weeks. This has led to suggestions that Guidolin has lost the respect of his players and as a result has become the favourite for the first Premier League manager to leave his post.
The odds on this seem to be shortening all the time as a result of the ongoing speculation but at present, you can Guidolin at best odds of 13/8 with William Hill. Subsequently the odds for Giggs to be the Swans next manager is priced at the same odds with Betfair.
Elsewhere in the market for the first Premier League manager to leave their post, another Welsh former Manchester United player features prominently. Mark Hughes' Stoke side have made a terrible start to the Premier League season with just one point to their name as they sit rock bottom of the table. They also lost to Hull in the EFL Cup making it four defeats in the row for the Potters. Before the stories surrounding Giggs and Swansea emerged, Hughes was the clear favourite in this department though he is now widely available at 2/1 with the bookies, including with Skybet.
Another manager who's been enduring a bit of a tough time at present is Jose Mourinho. Three defeats in a week saw the 'Special One' come under scrutiny just five league games in to his Manchester United career but it seems unlikely he will be going anywhere soon. He earned a reprieve of sorts with victory over Northampton in the EFL Cup but some worrying signs are already there. He is as short as 16/1 with Coral to be the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season, though William Hill have him way out at 50/1.
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