Francesco Guidolin
Guidolin was appointed Swansea boss in January. GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images

Swansea City have sacked manager Francesco Guidolin and immediately replaced him with Bob Bradley, the club have confirmed.

Former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs had been heavily linked with the role at the Liberty Stadium as Guidolin's position came under scrutiny. However, one-time United States head coach Bradley has been instead been given his first job in English football.

Bradley had been managing Ligue 2 club Le Havre and will oversee a final game for the club against Sochaux on Monday (3 October) before linking up with the Welsh side.

Swansea have not won a Premier League game since the opening day of the season and currently sit in 17th place having lost their last three games.

Along with Guidolin, his backroom team of Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti, Claudio Bordon have also been released.

"We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco," Swansea chairman Hew Jenkins told the club's official website.

"We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

"We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future.''

Since leaving the US, Bradley, 58, has managed the Egypt national team and Norwegian club Stabeak, helping the latter qualify for the Europa League during his spell at the club before taking the Le Havre job in November 2015.

"We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us," Jenkins continued. "He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

"He is well aware of the club's footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.

"It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch."