Under-fire Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin has admitted that he may need to secure a positive result against Liverpool this weekend in order to save his job. Despite a credible performance during a 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City last weekend, the experienced Italian's position in South Wales has come under increasing threat of late with his side having amassed just four points and one solitary win from their opening six league matches of the season.
Former Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs has already been linked with the role, while widespread reports this week have suggested that Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins recently met with former USA head coach and current Le Havre boss Bob Bradley. Fourth-place Liverpool's impressive run of four consecutive victories in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp means that the Swans will inevitably be braced for another tough test at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (1 October) and a fifth loss in seven top-flight matches could well see Guidolin become the first Premier League managerial casualty of 2016-17.
"Maybe. Could be. It could happen," the 60-year-old was quoted as saying by Sky Sports in a press conference when asked if he felt like he required a victory to save his job. "It's not easy. But if we win on Saturday for the period of the international break you don't speak any more about my position. But my position is not important, Swansea's position is important, and we must get a result."
He added: "I spoke with the chairman last week but at the moment, the most important thing is for me to work with my players and my team on the training ground and to prepare for the next game with focus and concentration.
"Yes, I know it's not a good moment for our team but it is because of the table and we need results. But we can get the result if we play well and I am confident because this is a good team with good players. But at the moment my position is not important, Swansea's position are important. Our colours are most important and the most important (thing) is to have a result and improve our table."
The pressure on Guidolin, who was handed a new two-year deal in May after taking over from interim manager Alan Curtis and successfully guiding Swansea away from relegation danger, is further intensified by rumours that Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, the American duo who completed a £110m ($142.6m) takeover of the club in July, will be flying in to watch the match against Liverpool.