Jack Cork says Francesco Guidolin was a 'great manager' for Swansea and believes the club have the players to start climbing the table.

Cork hails 'great' Guidolin

Cork hails 'great' Guidolin

American Bob Bradley has been appointed at the Liberty Stadium, with Guidolin becoming the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season on Monday, which also happened to be his 61st birthday.

However, midfielder Cork says he had great respect for Guidolin after he led the club to safety last season but admits the team have struggled for form in a tough start to the new campaign.

"Things like this happen at football clubs. It is obviously going to be strange in the next week to see what happens at the football club, it is going to be tough. Different people are going to come in and obviously there is a new man coming in," he said.

"Francesco was a great manager for us, he really helped us towards the end of last season and got us to where we wanted to be and, unfortunately, we've had a tough run of games this season and it has not happened.

"We did try to find some form in the last few games and unfortunately it wasn't enough but this sort of thing happens in football. It is unfortunate because I really had a lot of respect for Francesco and his staff. We'll see what the new challenge brings."