Another manager bites the dust
Eight Premier League clubs have now dispensed with the managers who ended last season with them, six of those clubs have made changes since this season kicked off, with Swansea City becoming number six tonight with the sacking of Paul Clement.
Clement arrived at Swansea on 3rd January this year, their third manager of the 2016/17 season. Things had to look up; he’d just replaced Bob Bradley, one of the worst appointments ever. They did for a while. Swansea were bottom of the league with 12 points when Clement arrived; he kept them up, and today, as he departs, they are bottom of the league with 12 points.
They won 29 points in the second half of last season, a total that included three against us at the Liberty Stadium, points we can hardly deny they deserved. They looked to have recovered, then they dropped right back into the bottom three, but then won their last three games of the season to ensure safety and more.
The summer recruitment was chaotic and included the sale of their best player with Gylfi Sigurdsson moving to Everton, and their leading goalscorer; Fernando Llorente, who had scored 15 Premier League goals last season, signing for Spurs.
Tonight, the board brought an end to his time there after just two weeks short of a year. Chairman Huw Jenkins said: “We had three different manager last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around, but we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League.
“Paul has been at the club for 12 months and what he achieved in the second half of last season to keep us in the top flight was a tremendous feat. For that, and his effort and commitment this season, it goes without saying that the club thanks him for his work.”
That’s two managerial roles he’s had between working for Carlo Ancelotti at clubs such as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. He’d previously been dismissed at Derby after just eight months in charge.
Coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also departed with the club set to make a further announcement tomorrow regarding the coaching situation.
Meanwhile, they are now searching for their fourth manager in under two years since Francesco Guidolin replaced Garry Monk.
It probably comes as no surprise that Tony Pulis has been installed as the odds on favourite with player/coach Leon Britton, Ronald Koeman and Ryan Giggs the others to be strongly linked with the job.Follow UpTheClarets:
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