It’s almost as if Leicester’s remarkable success is something other smaller Premier League clubs are trying to copy.
Here’s an example for why that might be the case: On Monday, Swansea AFC, the last remaining Welsh club in the Premier League and a candidate for the drop after 21 matches, hired an Italian coach with buckets of experience and zero connection to English football. Francesco Guidolin is no Claudio Ranieri, but the former Udinese (and Parma, Palermo, Genoa, Atalanta, Bologna, et al), boss does arrive with a reputation for getting the most out of limited squads.
With Swansea facing a relegation battle, perhaps Guildolin has the requisite “certain set of skills” to keep them up. He’s nothing if not an interesting character, known for his love of cycling and being the man to get the most out of Alexis Sanchez during the Chilean’s time at Udinese. He’s well-respected and intelligent, and like so many Italian coaches, he has a reputation for tactical mastery.
The soccer world’s (rather, the soccer world on Twitter) reaction to the hiring of Guidolin was rather muted. Maybe that’s because no one in England knows a thing about the 60-year old, or maybe it’s because it’s Swansea, but digging up the tweets for a gallery wasn’t easy.