Why Swansea must appoint safe pair of hands instead of Bielsa


Only goal difference is stopping Swansea from occupying one of the three relegation places in the Premier League, so their insistence that Garry Monk needed to be sacked in order for the club’s fortunes to improve is justified.

However, upon ousting the man that guided the south Welsh club to their best ever top-flight finish, it is now imperative that Huw Jenkins, the club’s chairman, appoints the right man to ensure their survival.

Known to prefer an appointment that will ensure the club’s possession-based attacking style is upheld, Jenkins is reportedly in South America trying to seal a deal that will bring Marcelo Bielsa to the Liberty Stadium.

As a result, Ladbrokes make the former Marseille man 8/11 to become Monk’s successor. But is he the right choice?

With the Swans’ status at the top table so under such threat – they are 11/4 for the drop with the bookmaker, the same price as Bournemouth – it might be time for Jenkins to hire more of a steady hand that can adapt to the club’s plight.

Although Bielsa is the more glamorous name, someone like Nigel Pearson is surely better suited to take over at such a critical point of the season.

The former Leicester man’s unthinkable escape with the Foxes last season shows how much of an impact he could have with the Swans, while he’d likely have a better knowledge of the club’s squad having battled them at close quarters last term.

Despite his seeming suitability, Pearson remains a distant 14/1 shot to take over in Wales.

Whoever it is that’s handed Swansea’s reins will view the festive period as the perfect time to mount a climb up the table.

They host West Brom on Boxing Day before facing trips to Crystal Palace and Manchester United to round off the traditional winter fixtures.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.