Who are the names linked to Swansea City’s managerial opening?

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With Bob Bradley sent packing after just 11 matches, who will be next to try and lead Swansea City back towards Premier League safety?

A number of names have been floated. It appeared their first choice was Wales manager Chris Coleman, who has prior Premier League experience with Fulham, who gave him his first managerial job back in 2003. However, it was never realistic to expect Coleman to abandon a skyrocketing Welsh national team in favor of a seemingly doomed Swansea club that’s sacked a pair of managers over 18 matches.

Right on cue, Coleman’s wife took to Twitter to distance him from the position, saying Chris’s plan has been to take a position abroad once his time at Wales is up. While ESPN reports Coleman is still an option despite his wife’s words, it seems that is highly unlikely.

So, who else is in the running, according to reports? Here are some names:

Paul Clement

Over the last 24 hours, Clement’s name has appeared the most in Swansea City rumors. Clement seems an odd choice, given that he has very little actual managerial experience, but he was in charge of Derby County for 2/3 of a season and was oddly sacked with the club in fifth in the Championship. What Clement does offer is experience at some of the world’s best clubs, almost all alongside Carlo Ancelotti. He spent time as an assistant manager with Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid, and is currently with Ancelotti again at Bayern Munich following his departure from Derby.

Clement reportedly interviewed for this very position before being passed over for Bradley, so the interest has been there in the recent past. The question is, will the club ignore his lack of experience as the man in charge?

Gary Rowett

Another man with little experience and who was recently sacked out of nowhere, Rowett was last relieved of his duties two weeks ago by Birmingham City despite the club sitting in 7th in the Championship table. He has just four years of managerial experience, having spent two years at Burton Albion before moving to Birmingham.

Rowett is just 42 years old, two years younger than Clement, but has seen his name mentioned next to a number of Championship clubs, and now is in the running for a Premier League job as well, albeit a difficult one.

Alan Pardew

Pardew was a popular name thrown out immediately after Bradley’s firing, but it seems his name has faded into the background recently. He has all the experience the club seems to say they want, but judging by recent reports, the club does not seem as interested…or maybe it’s Pardew who’s not that into it? Having been sacked from three positions in the last six years, Pardew may feel this job is just too risky, and putting his career on the line might not be worth the benefits of potentially succeeding.

Whatever the reason, it seems Pardew might not be the favorite, but don’t rule out one of the most experienced names on the list.

Ryan Giggs

The 43-year-old Giggs was another early favorite immediately following Bradley’s departure, but it seems they have come to their senses regarding this option. Following the criticism of Bradley’s hiring, with critics suggesting he wasn’t fit for the job, and Giggs is no different. Whereas Clement and Rowett may be inexperienced at the managerial level but have plenty to balance it out on their resumes, Giggs has only been in coaching since 2014 as an assistant at his former club Manchester United.

It’s still necessary to mention the former Red Devil, but it’s hard to imagine he’d be offered the job at this point.

Roy Hodgson

Here’s the dark horse name who’s only just popped up. Former Fulham midfielder and current pundit Danny Murphy has put forth his former manager’s name, and it seems to have picked up some legs. Hodgson’s name was also mentioned by Neil Ashton on NBC’s prematch show for the Hull City vs. Everton match, although he doesn’t sound like the former England boss is a serious candidate. Hodgson has all the experience in the world Swansea would want, and his plodding, defensive mentality would surely shut up shop at the back, but it’s unclear how interested the Swansea board is.

PL Preview: Manchester City vs. Newcastle

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  • Newcastle has lost 8 PL away matches in a row
  • Man City last lost at home in PL play to Chelsea in Dec 2016
  • Newcastle has picked up 1 of a possible 30 points vs. PL top half this season

Manchester City has a great chance to rebound from its first loss of the season as they host struggling Newcastle at the Etihad on Saturday, live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC or live online at NBCSports.com.

WATCH LIVE, HERE

The Magpies have picked up their terrible mid-season form of late, but still remain just three points above the drop. They are unbeaten in three, with a win and two draws, and have lost just once in their last five.

Through Newcastle’s losing streak, the Magpies struggled to keep the ball out of their own net, with defensive issues all over the place. They suffered through a nine-game winless run where they conceded 19 goals. However, of late, the roles have reversed, and suddenly they can’t score. In their last four games, they have just two goals.

City, meanwhile, have a few injuries to deal with on the defensive side of things, where they cannot afford them. Fabian Delph went down in the last match and could be out for significant time, along with Vincent Kompany who continues to show his age and history of fitness issues.

INJURIES: Manchester City – OUT: Fabian Delph (knee), Benjamin Mendy (knee). QUESTIONABLE: David Silva (illness), Vincent Kompany (fitness). Newcastle – OUT: Jesus Gamez (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: Dwight Gayle (knock).


What they’re saying

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on build-up of injuries: “In these situations, it always depends on the mentality of the players, if they can make a step forward. If they can they play in positions that are not natural positions and the other guys help them, everything is going well.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on not having a full squad: “When you have a short blanket, if you pull it to your face, your feet are cold, if you cover your feet, your top half is cold.”

Prediction

Newcastle has been ok of late, but not nearly enough to keep Manchester City out of the back of the net. This could get ugly, with the Citizens looking to rebound from their season’s first loss. 3-0 Man City with the possibility that it could get much worse if Newcastle gives up.

PL Preview: Burnley vs. Manchester United

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  • Burnley has 1 win vs. Man United in last 23 meetings
  • Manchester United has not conceded a goal in 2018
  • Paul Pogba is joint-top of the league with 9 assists

A critical top of the table battle comes our way from Turf Moor (!!) on Saturday as Manchester United travels to Burnley live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

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Since losing at Chelsea back in early November, Manchester United in unbeaten away from home and has won four of the five road matches. Burnley, meanwhile, has lost three matches in a row to start the new year and has not won in Premier League play since December 12th against Stoke City.

The goalscoring form of each team is also in stark contrast. Manchester United has not allowed a goal in any competition in 2018, and last conceded back on Boxing Day in a 2-2 draw with this Burnley side. The Clarets, meanwhile, have just one goal in their last three Premier League games and just three goals in their last six.

INJURIES: Burnley – OUT: Chris Wood (knee), Stephen Ward (knee), Jonathan Walters (knee). QUESTIONABLE: Chris Taylor (ribs). Manchester United – OUT: Daley Blind (undisclosed), Eric Bailly (ankle), Michael Carrick (heart), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee). QUESTIONABLE: Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia.

What they’re saying

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on the gap in riches between clubs: “I don’t think any of us are surprised by the gap in the Premier League – I think it’s been there a long time and it’s getting harder year on year since the business model of football has changed.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on focusing despite transfer rumors: “In this moment, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan our player, [Alexis] Sanchez an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow, I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match.”

Prediction

Burnley may be coming back down to Earth, but they are still a formidable team with great organization, and Manchester United will be once again held to a draw, this time 1-1.

Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal squad, could play vs Crystal Palace

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Ahead of his nearly imminent move away from the Emirates, Alexis Sanchez could make an appearance for Arsenal against Crystal Palace this weekend as he was with the squad at the team hotel on Friday night, according to reports in England.

According to the reports, Arsene Wenger has not decided if he will play Sanchez against Palace or not, as any potential injury could seriously jeopardize any outgoing transfer in the works. However, naming him to the bench and allowing Sanchez to make one last appearance in front of the home fans would be a nice touch before he leaves, likely for Manchester United.

It probably doesn’t help Wenger’s selection that oft-injured Danny Welbeck will miss the match after picking up a muscle problem in training.

Sanchez did not travel with the team to Bournemouth last weekend as Arsenal lost 2-1 in stunning fashion. Sanchez has missed four Premier League games this season, and Arsenal has lost three of them.

The reports state Sanchez trained with the Arsenal first team on Friday, but only because the youth team he trained with the day before had left for a road trip.

Reports: LA Galaxy trades Gyasi Zardes to Columbus for Ola Kamara

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According to a reports by the LA Times and by ESPN, the LA Galaxy have traded US international Gyasi Zardes along with allocation money to the Columbus Crew for striker Ola Kamara.

Both reports state that Columbus will receive $400,000 in guaranteed allocation money in the deal, plus another $100,000 should Kamara score 12 goals next season to trigger the incentive.

Zardes was once a force along the wing for Bruce Arena and the Galaxy, but the 26-year-old has declined heavily in the last two seasons as injuries and poor form have held him to just eight goals over the last two seasons, including just two last campaign. Meanwhile, Kamara has been a star for Columbus in his first two years in Major League Soccer, scoring 16 goals in 2016 before netting another 18 last season, leaving him third in the league in goals scored over those two seasons.

The LA Times report states that Kamara will earn a new contract after the trade, giving him a raise over his current $482,500 yearly salary.

Zardes is an interesting case who shouldn’t be given up on just yet. A homegrown player for the Galaxy, he scored 17 goals in the 2014 season, including on in the MLS Cup Finals as the Galaxy won it all. He earned a seemingly permanent place on the USMNT as a result, and has 37 caps to this date. However, his goalscoring form has since evaporated, leaving him with no more than six goals in an MLS season since, and has just six goals in those 37 caps for the national team.

The Galaxy will need to acquire an additional international roster spot in order to activate Kamara for the season opener on March 4th against Portland, as they have filled up their seven spots as of now.