Next Swansea manager: Left-field contenders Giggs & Grant shorten

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | December 11, 2015

Reports in Friday’s national press have had a huge effect on the next Swansea City manager market, with Welsh-born Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs and Ghana gaffer Avram Grant emerging as surprise contenders.

Gambles on Giggs, Grant and Bergkamp

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While former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet remains Coral’s odds-on 10/11 favourite to succeed Garry Monk at the Liberty Stadium, a gamble on ex-Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham United coach Grant has clearly picked up momentum.

Reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final with the Black Stars earlier this year, Israeli coach Grant is a 6/1 shot to take on the Swans. He will hope to have better luck in the survival scrap than he did at Pompey or with the Hammers if appointed by Huw Jenkins, however.

Red Devils legend Giggs, meanwhile, is a 13/2 chance to launch his managerial career in his natives Wales, and he’s not the only Premier League performer from yesteryear that there’s been market movement on.

Ajax assistant Dennis Bergkamp, best known for his 11 years at Arsenal and scoring that goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup for the Netherlands, has also propelled up the betting to be 6/1 joint second-favourite alongside Grant.

Di Matteo maybe, but not Moyes or Rodgers

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Further weight is added to Jenkins making a nostalgic appointment of a high-profile, ex-player possessing plenty of Premier League experience, because Poyet’s old Chelsea midfield cohort and former Stamford Bridge boss Roberto Di Matteo is also mentioned in dispatches.

Out of work since resigning from Bundesliga boys Schalke at the end of last season, Swiss-born Italian coach Di Matteo has also had spells in charge of MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion.

Di Matteo is now rated the best of the rest at 10/1 to be next Swansea manager behind the market leaders. Any of the above candidates would be taking on a team with just one win in 11 Premier League games, which has seen the Swans slip to just a point above the relegation zone.

These wholesale changes to the betting also reflect that David Moyes (previously as short as 11/4) has drifted substantially to 12/1, and one-time Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers (at one stage 5/1) has done likewise to 20/1. Neither manager is understood to be interested in taking over from Monk.


Check out Coral’s Premier League page for all the latest ahead of another weekend of absorbing action.