Swansea managerial betting update: Ex-Argentina boss Bielsa favourite; Poyet in the running

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Swansea City are on the lookout for a new manager.

Swansea City have become the third Premier League team to undergo a managerial change this season, following in the footsteps of first Sunderland and then Aston Villa.

Garry Monk was relieved of his duties early last week, a decision which owner Huw Jenkins took following a disappointing run of just one win in 11 Premier League matches.

It came after the 36-year-old guided the Swans to their best ever top-flight finish last season, illustrating the cutthroat business that managers work and live by in today’s game.

The Welsh outfit have a renowned way of playing, and the system in place means that any incoming manager will have to adhere to the possession-based style the club pride themselves on.

Over the years Swansea have had a list of impressive managers in charge, including Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and most recently Monk

And their next appointment will no doubt follow suit, such is their reputation and current status.

According to the odds displayed by Sky Bet, the early favourite is former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa, a man very much known and adored by thousands of fans worldwide.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola names Bielsa as an inspiration; this a manager who became the first to win a treble at Barcelona and collect 14 trophies in four seasons in charge at the Nou Camp.

Bielsa’s teams play an expansive brand of football, consisting of an unbelievable work rate and pressure off the ball as well as an ability to leave opponents chasing shadows with superb possession play.

He would be a real coup for Swansea, and a very welcome addition to the Premier League.

Sky Bet place Gus Poyet as second in the running with odds of 11/4, despite the former Sunderland manager only recently taking over at Greek side AEK Athens.

The Uruguayan has Premier League experience with Sunderland, helping the Black Cats avoid the drop two seasons ago before losing his job to Dick Advocaat not long after.

Poyet plays the right kind of football, knows the English game well and would take a stern approach – something Swansea may need as only goal-difference separates them from the bottom three.

Sevilla Unai Emery [8/1] is third on the list, while former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo also appears as a candidate at 16/1 after he was dismissed at Schalke 04 last season.

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