Francesco Guidolin delighted to guide Swans
18th January 2016
New Head Coach Francesco Guidolin has expressed his desire to repeat his Serie A heroics and help steer Swansea City to safety in the Barclays Premier League.
The 60-year-old Italian was today appointed Head Coach at the Swans, with Guidolin working alongside Alan Curtis as they look steer the club up the table.
Guidolin has a wealth of knowledge and success from his time managing in Italy, with his biggest and most recent achievement seeing him lead Udinese into the Champions League via a third-place finish in Serie A.
But he also helped the likes of Vicenza, Bologna, Palermo and Parma to respectable mid and top-half finishes in Serie A, while he also led Vicenza to their only major trophy - the Italian Cup.
Now he focuses on helping lift the Swans back up the table, with Guidolin watching tonight's Premier League clash with Watford at the Liberty from the stands before being in the dugout for Sunday's trip to Everton.
"It's a very good opportunity for me at an important club," said Guidolin. "At the moment it's not a good situation for the club, but we have a good team.
"In Italy, I helped my team finish in a good position in the table, and that's what I hope to achieve here at Swansea.
"At the moment everything is new to me, so I need three or four days to talk to the staff and players. After that, I will have a precise idea of things.
"I will be in the dugout on Sunday, but tonight is the focus for everyone. This evening we have an important match. I will be watching the match and hopefully we can get three points.
"Alan Curtis is a legend at Swansea, and this is important for me. He knows everything about the club."
Guidolino arrives in Swansea well aware of the club's style of play, even showing his players at Udinese videos of the team in action.
He added: "I remember when Brendan Rodgers was Swansea's manager, and Swansea played very, very well.
"When I was at Udinese I showed the players a video of the styles of Swansea.
"Now it's different - but the important thing is to win."
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