Swansea City are considering an approach to Ryan Giggs as Francesco Guidolin fights to keep his job at the Liberty Stadium.
The Italian is known to retain the support of the club’s new American owners, but it is understood that other senior elements at Swansea, including chairman Huw Jenkins, are open to making a change following a poor start to the season.
Given the public respect shown to Jenkins by the owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, it is feasible they could yet change their stance and choose a new manager.
That would open the door to Manchester United legend Giggs, who has an admirer in Jenkins but is yet to receive any contact from the club.
The 42-year-old was first linked with the post after Garry Monk left Swansea last season. But while Swansea sources maintain that there was no interest in the Welshman at that stage, they claim it did sow the seed of an idea.
Giggs particularly meets the club’s preference for young managers with a point to prove.
To that end, Giggs is keen on management after leaving United following a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in his four games as interim manager at the end of the 2013-14 season. It is thought he would jump at the chance of a top-flight job.
Guidolin’s position has come under increased scrutiny at the club following a series of bad results. He was retained in the summer on a two-year deal after helping to keep the club in the Premier League last season.
But he has never fully convinced the playing squad of his ideologies and this campaign has been undermined by separate touchline clashes with Neil Taylor and Ki Sung-Yueng.
With games coming up against Manchester City and Liverpool, it is unlikely that any change would be made before the international break, if at all considering the American stance.