Swansea boss Guidolin looking ahead to next season despite unclear future

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Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin has said he will be resting Ashley Williams so he can be fresh for next season, but he may not be man to benefit.

Francesco Guidolin has said he will be resting players for the last two games of the season so that they can be fresh for the European Championships, but also for next season.

Guidolin, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, also said that despite talks with Chairman Huw Jenkins, his position over his future remains no clearer.

But that hasn’t stopped Guidolin from making plans for the new campaign, seeking to rest Captain Williams as well as star man Gylfie Sigurdsson, whilst also taking the opportunity to assess the rest of his squad.

Speaking at Swansea's pre-match press conference yesterday, Guidoline said “In my opinion they need three weeks of holidays after the tournament. If I stay here, my opinion will be the pre-season starting on July 4 and the July 13/14 for those in the Euros.”

“But it is also important some need to rest now. We have important players not playing but it is important for other players to have the possibility to play. It is important for me to see their qualities and characteristics. The match is a tough one against a good West Ham side but we made changes against Arsenal and we won and I am confident we have the possibility to play well and win.”

On captain Ashley Williams, Guidolin emphasised that it was not only the Euros he was thinking about when deciding to rest his skipper.

“It is important for Ash to be prepared for the Euros and for next season. In the Premier League there are a lot of games and I think it is the right decision for him – I think Chris Coleman will be the happiest man in Wales.

“The players being in the Euros having a rest is a reason but is not the most important reason. It is better for Ash to rest and be well prepared for next season.”

Whether Guidolin will still be the man at the helm at Swansea after the Euros remains to be seen, with rumours also linking the Italian to Watford, should Flores leave Vicarage Road. He has previously said he has good relations with the Pozzo family.

Guidolin was brought in after the sacking of Garry Monk in December, and he has successfully steered the Swans to safety, currently sitting 13th in the Premier League, with 43 points.

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