Bilic, De Boer on Swansea’s shortlist

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Swansea City want a new manager in place for the trip to Watford, with Frank de Boer and Slaven Bilic among the leading contenders.

De Boer, the former Crystal Palace manager, is high on Swansea’s list of potential targets and could be interviewed in the next few days as he pursues a swift return to the game.

The Dutchman endured a miserable experience of the Premier League with Palace, taking only five games before he was sacked, yet he has been initially approached by the bottom club.

He appeals to Swansea’s American owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, as he has proven Premier League experience from his spell with West Ham. Though his tenure ended in November, he did lead the club to a creditable seventh-placed finish in 2016, securing their highest ever points tally in the rebranded top-flight.

Swansea are still sifting through potential candidates and are hopeful of making an appointment for the trip to Vicarage Road on 30 December. They face Liverpool on Boxing Day but it is thought that Leon Britton, the interim manager, could still be in place for the game at Anfield.

Aside from De Boer and Bilic, Swansea are considering other managers but the chances of former Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka taking over are remote at this stage.

Sources at the Welsh club have revealed that a number of “surprise” applications have also been forwarded to the board.

Britton, the midfielder with 15 years of service to the club, will take the crucial game against Palace on Saturday.

© The Telegraph

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