Paul Clement Sacked by Swansea City After Losing 8 of 10 Premier League Matches

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Paul Clement head coach / manager of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Swansea City have parted ways with manager Paul Clement following a dismal run of eight defeats in their last 10 Premier League matches, winning one and drawing one.

The top-flight outfit confirmed Clement's sacking on Wednesday evening via its official Twitter account:

Clement arrived at the Swansea helm in January 2017 and helped the Welsh club stave off relegation in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign but failed to build any momentum this season.

Club chairman Huw Jenkins addressed the dismissal in a statement released on the official Swansea City website:

“To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club.

“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."

The Guardian's Stuart James provided details on Swansea's manager hunt moving forward but directed at least some of the blame for the club's survival woes at the feet of those in charge:

Jenkins went on to describe Clement's work in keeping the Swans up last season as a "tremendous feat," adding he and others at the Liberty Stadium were "surprised and disappointed it hasn't worked out this season."

BT Sport Score pulled up Swansea's run of form since late October, during which time they managed to keep only two clean sheets and netted just five goals, an average of one every other game:

The Swansea post was Clement's second stint as a first-team manager, although he did beat the eight months in which he was in charge of Derby County, who sacked him in February 2016.

Sky Sports Statto broke down the tactician's record in south Wales:

Having served as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, hopes were high that Clement would carve out a reputation for himself in a more senior role.

His first taste of the English top flight has come to an abrupt end, however, and Swansea are again looking for a new managertheir sixth in the space of two years.

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