Bob Bradley being unveiled as the new manager of English Premier League team Swansea City in October.
Bob Bradley being unveiled as the new manager of English Premier League team Swansea City in October. Simon Galloway

Swans boss axed after just 11 games

SWANSEA City has sacked American manager Bob Bradley after just 11 games in charge.

His departure comes in the wake of the side's 4-1 Boxing Day defeat by West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

The club has struggled for form under Bradley's guidance and stands level on 12 points with Hull City at the bottom of the Premier League.

"We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time,” confirmed Swans chairman Huw Jenkins. "Unfortunately things haven't worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.

"With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble.

"Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future.”

The American managed just wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Bradley joined from French side Le Havre to replace Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

The 58-year-old has spent much of his managerial career in America, coaching MLS sides such as the Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA. He spent five years as his country's national boss, winning the CONCACAF Cup in 2007, and led the side to the 2010 World Cup last 16.

Speaking after his dismissal, Bradley said: "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.

"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.”

First-team coaches Paul Williams and Alan Curtis will take charge as the club searches for a replacement.

Reports suggest Swansea are considering out-of-work managers with former Manchester United coach and player Ryan Giggs an early favourite.

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