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Francesco Guidolin To Replace Under Pressure Paul Clement At Reading?

He has been out of work since his sacking from Swansea over two years ago.

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According to Italian website Di Marzio, Reading could appoint former Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin if they decide to sack Paul Clement in the next few weeks.

They suggest that Gianluca Nani, appointed as the Royals’ new sporting director in September, has already contacted the 63-year-old about the possibility of taking over at the Madejski Stadium if Saturday’s meeting with Ipswich Town ends in defeat. He has been out of work since his departure from the Liberty Stadium over two years ago.

Tutto Mercato Web add that Udinese, currently 16th in Serie A, may also be interested in Guidolin if they lose at the weekend to Empoli and sack Julio Velázquez.

Guidolin has managed 14 different clubs in a 30 year managerial career, including two previous spells at Udinese and four, yes four, different spells at Palermo. The only sides he has taken charge of outside of his homeland of Italy are Monaco (for seven months) and Swansea. He arrived at the Liberty Stadium in January 2016 and kept the club in the Premier League, but was sacked a couple of months into the next campaign with the Welsh side struggling once again - sound familiar?

It’s worth pointing out that whilst Di Marzio is usually a fairly reliable site, it’s not hard to see where the report has come from. Gianluca Nani was formerly the technical director at Watford, where he worked closely with the Pozzo family, who also own Udinese and Spanish side Granada. Guidolin worked as the ‘sports co-coordinator’ at all three of those clubs in that time, after also being the manager at Udinese, so likely would have had some communication with Nani. It’s also therefore unsurprising to see Udinese as the other club being linked with Guidolin.

Whether there’s much truth in the rumour or not, it certainly does seem that Paul Clement is under severe pressure in Berkshire with Reading in the relegation zone, following the speculation in The Sun that Steve Bruce was also reportedly being lined up to take the Mad Stad hot seat.