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Struggling Swansea and Villa sack managers

Italian Francesco Guidolin took over in January following the dismissal of Garry Monk and kept Swansea clear of relegation, but they have slumped to fourth from bottom after seven games of the new campaign

Struggling Swansea City sacked Italian Francesco Guidolin on Monday and appointed Bob Bradley as the first American to manage a Premier League club.

Former Udinese coach Guidolin took over in January following the dismissal of Garry Monk and kept the Welsh club clear of relegation, but they have slumped to fourth from bottom after seven games of the new campaign.

Speculation had been growing about Guidolin’s future and Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool was their third in a row and fifth league loss of the season.

“We can confirm the club has parted company with Francesco Guidolin, who will be replaced by Bob Bradley,” the club said on Twitter.

Bradley, 58, was the United States national team coach from 2006-11, having previously managed Chicago Fire and MetroStars.

He also had a spell as Egypt’s national coach and joins Swansea from French club Le Havre.

Earlier on Monday, Aston Villa’s disappointing start to life outside the Premier League cost manager Roberto Di Matteo his job after the club announced they had parted company.

Di Matteo, who won the Champions League while in charge of Chelsea 2012, lasted only 124 days.

“Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo,” the club said in a statement.

“The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position in the Championship.”

Di Matteo took over in June after the club were relegated from the Premier League last season but has managed to win only one of 11 Championship matches, leaving the club two points above the relegation zone.

They also lost in the first round of the League Cup to fourth tier Luton Town.

The seven-time English champions are playing in England’s second tier for the first time since they were promoted to the first division in 1988.

Assistant coach Steve Clarke will take charge as caretaker manager during the search for a new boss, the club added.

Di Matteo’s final game in charge was Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Preston North End.

“I have faith in the team and believe in the team,” Italian Di Matteo said after that latest setback.

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