'Dynamic' Clement appointed Swansea manager
 
, Posted on 04-Jan-2017


'Dynamic' Clement appointed Swansea manager

London : Paul Clement became Premier League bottom side Swansea's thirdmanager this season when he was appointed on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old Englishman -- whose mentor Carlo Ancelotti described him as 'one of the most dynamic and intelligent coaches' -- signed a two-and-a-half year contract after German champions Bayern Munich, where he was assistant coach, allowed him to talk with Swansea.

Clement, whose only previous job as a manager was with second tier Derby, will attend Tuesday's relegation clash with Crystal Palace but watch from the stands as first team coach Alan Curtis will take charge.

Clement, who fits into the mould of Swansea's more successful managers of recent times -- Michael Laudrup and Brendan Rodgers -- in being young and highly thought of, said he knew he faced a massive challenge in keeping Swansea up but it was one he could not resist.   

"I would like to think my footballing philosophy goes hand in hand with the club's," Clement said in a statement on the club website.

"That's part of the reason the club chose me and a big part of the reason why I wanted to come to the club.

"Over recent years there has been a certain style Swansea fans have been used to seeing.

"Maybe that hasn't been there so much over recent times, but hopefully I will be able to put my imprint on the team very quickly and the fans will be able to see some good football -  most importantly some winning football.

"It is a massive challenge; there's no other way to put it. But challenges are exciting and that’s why I came here.

"I could have stayed at Bayern as an assistant, but I’ve chosen to come into a very challenging situation. It excites me to do that and that’s the attitude I want the players to have.

"It's a big task, but I think it can be done."

 

 

'Good fit' 

 

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who remained in his role despite selling to an American consortium in July last year, said Clement would be a 'good fit' for the club. 

"We are delighted with the appointment of Paul Clement as our new head coach," said Jenkins in a statement on the club website.

"Paul has not only worked with some of Europe's biggest football clubs, but also the very best players in the world.

"Swansea City's strength over many years had been the quality of the football coached on the training field.

"That has always been at the forefront of our success.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Paul can not only help us regain that footballing belief, but also restore some much needed pride back into the football club.

"We see this a typical Swansea City choice. It looks a good fit to get us back on track and provide one of the best young coaches in Europe with the chance to develop his own career and become a leading coach in his own right." 

Clement, whose playing career never attained the heights of his father, former England international defender Dave, replaces ex-United States national coach Bob Bradley, who was fired last Monday after guiding the Swans to just two wins in 11 matches.

Bradley had been hired after Italian Francesco Guidolin -- who succeeded in preserving Swansea's Premier League place last term -- was sacked earlier in the season.

Clement, who many thought was unlucky to be sacked by Derby last February as he had led them to fifth place and were only five points adrift of then leaders Hull, has accrued an excellent reputation as a coach.

He has served as Ancelotti's assistant at not only Bayern but also Chelsea, Real Madrid -- where they won the 2014 Champions League -- and French champions Paris Saint Germain. 

Clement faces a mighty task at Swansea, who are four points adrift of safety ahead of the Palace match. 

 

 
AFP


Related News

Bad-tempered India, Australia Tests set for showdown
Mar 23

Bad-tempered India, Australia Tests set for showdown

Dharmashala : India and Australia begin the finale of a bitterly fought Test series Saturday, with home skipper Virat Kohli keen to silence attacks that even Australia's ex-skipper Michael Clarke has warned are "getting out of control". Kohli, who has been compared in the Australian press to US President Donald...

Read More
Liverpool great Moran dies aged 83
Mar 22

Liverpool great Moran dies aged 83

London : Former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83, his son Paul announced on Wednesday. "I am devastated to tell everyone on behalf of the family that my dad passed away this morning after a short illness," Paul Moran said on Twitter. Moran spent his entire playing...

Read More
Federer climbs to sixth in rankings
Mar 20

Federer climbs to sixth in rankings

Paris : Roger Federer jumped four places to sixth in the latest ATP rankings released Monday, leapfrogging rival Rafael Nadal following his Indian Wells Masters triumph. Federer eliminated Nadal in the fourth round on his way to his fifth India Wells title, beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the final. Andy...

Read More
Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal
Mar 20

Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal

London : Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror said Wenger will inform Arsenal's board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season. West Bromwich Albion manager Tony...

Read More
Lillard explodes for 49 points against Heat
Mar 20

Lillard explodes for 49 points against Heat

Miami : Damian Lillard carried his team on his back Sunday, scoring a season-high 49 points as the Portland Trail Blazers stopped the Miami Heat 115-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The 26-year-old point guard from Oakland, California made 12 free throws and nine three-pointers, the same number the entire...

Read More
New Zealand unchanged for 3rd South Africa Test
Mar 20

New Zealand unchanged for 3rd South Africa Test

Wellington : New Zealand's squad will remain unchanged for the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton despite the mauling the Black Caps received in Wellington, chief selector Gavin Larsen said Monday.   Larsen ruled out an overhaul after New Zealand slumped to an eight-wicket loss within three days in the...

Read More
Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd Test
Mar 20

Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd Test

Ranchi : Gritty half-centuries from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh enabled Australia to hold out for a draw in the third Test against India Monday, leaving the four-match series tantalisingly poised at 1-1. Australia, who began their second innings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trouble...

Read More
Misbah wants life bans for fixers
Mar 19

Misbah wants life bans for fixers

Karachi : Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Sunday called for life bans on anyone found guilty of fixing, adding that an investigation into five players threatened years of work to clean up the country's image. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally suspended Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad...

Read More
Badminton get prize money boost as new tour unveiled
Mar 19

Badminton get prize money boost as new tour unveiled

Kuala Lumpur : The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Sunday announced a new tournament structure, with increased prize money, as it looks to raise the sport's profile and ramp up revenues. The new tour series, which features six levels, will kick off next year and run until 2021, with at least a million...

Read More
Bangladesh 38-2 at lunch against Sri Lanka
Mar 19

Bangladesh 38-2 at lunch against Sri Lanka

Colombo : Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath picked up two wickets as Bangladesh reached 38-2 at lunch chasing 191 to win on the fifth day of the second Test on Sunday. The hosts were all out for 319 in their second innings in Colombo after resuming on 268 for eight, with Dilruwan Perera scoring a half century in an...

Read More