Bergkamp emerges as shock contender for Swansea City post

Dennis Bergkamp has been linked with the vacant position at Swansea City, who took the decision to sack Michael Laudrup on Tuesday.

Arsenal legend Bergkamp is currently on the coaching staff at Ajax, the club at which he developed through their youth ranks before going on to become a key first team player. It is widely believed, though, that he has ambitions to become a head coach in his own right in the future, although he is understood to be in no particular rush.

But according to the London Evening Standard, he could soon be offered the chance to take up the reins at the club who finished ninth in the Premier League last season. Despite leading them to this finish, and also winning the League Cup in the same campaign, Laudrup was surprisingly sacked by the Swans after a horrible run of recent results.

The Liberty Stadium club have lost six of their last eight matches in the league, the latter of which came at Upton Park when West Ham United eased to a 2-0 win on Saturday. Whilst they are still in a respectable 12th place position and just three points from tenth, such is the competition this season that they are only two from the drop zone.

Chairman Huw Jenkins felt he had little alternative but to dismiss the Dane, despite handing him a new contract less than 12 months ago, and the search for a replacement will now begin. As well as Bergkamp, the Standard claim former Chelsea star Marcel Desailly is also on an ambitious list of candidates, as well as experienced Argentine Marcelo Bielsa.

If Gunners great Bergkamp, 44, was to agree to leave Amsterdam for Swansea, it would be one of the most startling appointments of recent times. However, there are some comparisons with the other Welsh club in the Premier League. Just last month Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United legend, decided to return to England and take up his first top-flight job in the country with Cardiff City, much to the surprise of many.


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