LONDON: Swansea City have sacked former United States World Cup coach Bob Bradley after only 85 days in charge of the Premier League strugglers.

The 4-1 home defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day left Swansea four points adrift of safety and was their seventh loss in 11 games since Bradley became the first American boss in the top flight after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

Chairman Huw Jenkins said: “We felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.

“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble.

“Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future.”

Bradley managed the US, Egypt and Stabaek in Norway before leaving Le Havre to succeed January appointment Guidolin. ¬†At the time of his arrival, Swansea were above the relegation zone only on goal difference. ¬†Current staff members Alan Curtis and Paul Williams will take temporary charge, starting with Swansea’s New Year’s Eve home game against Bournemouth.