Francesco Guidolin’s reign at Swansea City is relatively forgettable. The Italian boss was a surprise appointment in January 2016 with the club facing a relegation battle. He met his objective and kept them afloat.
A poor start to the following season confirmed that he was never viewed as a long-term option, Swansea deciding to sack him at the start of October. As we said, forgettable enough. His time at Palermo was anything but.
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Palermo is a strange club and we should state that Guidolin was employed by them four times. Former Italy international Amauri has been talking about an incident that happened in his second stint to Il Giornale di Sicilia.
It was 2006 and Palermo were preparing for the second leg of a first round UEFA Cup tie against West Ham. Guidolin wanted to make sure that his players didn’t become complacent so cooked up a crazy plan for a stunt.
Amauri said: “I’ll never forget what happened one afternoon in training. We prepared for the second leg of our UEFA Cup tie with West Ham and Guidolin came into the dressing room with a big bag.
“He then pulled out a rifle and aimed it at all my team-mates and I, exclaiming, ‘we’ve hurt them, now let’s go on the pitch and finish them off…’ I remember that with [Fabio] Simplicio, we managed to hold back the laughter, but it’s a nice memory, which I still remember with pleasure.”
Clearly, context is everything. Judging by Amauri’s account, Guidolin pulled out the rifle to inspire the players rather than to intimidate them. The trick worked as they went on to win the match 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate.
Guidolin has been out of work since being sacked by Swansea a year ago.
Swansea’s current boss is Paul Clement and they finished 15th in the Premier League last season.