Bob Bradley has been sacked by Swansea City after just 11 games in charge of the Premier League club.
Swansea’s American owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, following talks with Bradley and club chairman Huw Jenkins on Tuesday, decided to act in the wake of the 4-1 home defeat against West Ham on Boxing Day.
Sources close to the Swansea owners told ESPN that the decision to part company with Bradley, the first American to manage a Premier League team, was made with “great reluctance” because of a determination for the appointment to work.
The 58-year-old was appointed in October, ahead of Ryan Giggs, following the sacking of Francesco Guidolin, but Bradley was unable to make an impact on South Wales, with the team collecting just eight points from a possible 33.
Bradley had made a huge impression on the Swansea hierarchy with his commitment, work ethic and determination to succeed at the Liberty Stadium.
But with supporters turning against Bradley on Boxing Day, and with a home game against Bournemouth looming on Saturday ahead of next Tuesday’s trip to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, Kaplan, Levien and Jenkins made the change.
Swansea are firmly in the relegation zone in 19th place with 12 points from 18 games, above bottom-side Hull only on goal difference and four points from safety.
Coaches Alan Curtis and Paul Williams will take charge of the team against Bournemouth at the weekend, with the club determined to make a swift permanent appointment.
Former Manchester United assistant manager Giggs, overlooked just three months ago, is a contender for the job, with other more experienced candidates also being considered.