Former Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa is odds-on favourite to succeed Garry Monk at Swansea City. However, should the Swans board be looking closer to home for their new manager?
Bielsa, who resigned from his post at the Stade Velodrome in August, has emerged as the odds-on favourite to land the vacant position at the Liberty Stadium. The 60-year-old has vast managerial experience under his belt, having managed the likes of Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao, Chile and Argentina.
However, Bielsa has never managed in the Premier League – and ex-Newcastle United, Manchester City and Aston Villa stopper Shay Given believes the Swans should be looking to appoint a British manager instead. Speaking on talkSPORT, the current Stoke City ‘keeper said;
“I’m amazed by this speculation linking Huw Jenkins with going to South America.
“He might be an amazing manager, but I’ve never really heard of him. He wouldn’t know the league, he wouldn’t know about the opposition. I just find it remarkable.
“You’d think a manager like David Moyes, or someone of that ilk who has been involved in the Premier League for a number of years and knows it inside out, would be the kind of man Swansea would look at, rather than a coach who is totally unknown in England and who doesn’t speak the language – it’s a strange one.”
Huw Jenkins and the Swansea board have made some superb managerial appointments over the last decade or so – the Swans faithful will certainly be hoping they can get this one right, too.