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Published: 16:11 | 11/5/16

Guidolin agrees Swansea deal

Italian signs two-year deal with Swans

Francesco Guidolin has signed a two-year deal to remain head coach of Swansea.

Guidolin was tasked with guiding the club to Premier League safety when he was appointed head coach on a short term deal in January.

At the time the Swans we just two points above the relegation zone, but they have won seven of the 15 games they have played under the Italian with Saturday's 4-1 win at West Ham taking them to 11th in the table.

Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has been strongly linked with a return to the club in the summer but the board have overwhelming voted to give Guidolin the job on a permanent basis.

"I’m pleased to confirm that we have reached an agreement with Francesco on a new two-year contract," confirmed Swans chairman Huw Jenkins.

"Francesco fully deserves the chance to continue his good work into the new campaign. He was prepared to come into the club at such a difficult time and put himself in a pressure situation with the club fighting for survival.

"He has achieved the goal of securing top-flight football for this club with plenty to spare and has earned the right to start afresh next season. It’s going to be another challenge for everyone, but we are looking forward to seeing how far he can take this squad of players over a full season.

"We are confident that he can carry on the good work at the end of this season into the new campaign.

"There has obviously been a lot of speculation over recent weeks about a possible change of manager, but the Board has been impressed with the way he has quietly gone about the job of improving performances and results since January.

"Francesco and his staff have also gained valuable experience of working with the current group of players and Premier League football. That should stand everyone in good stead as we prepare for the new season ahead.

"It’s a chance for him to prepare the players throughout pre-season and fully instil his way of working on the group after a hectic and crucial few months."

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