Paul Clement to take charge of Swansea in next 48 hours Paul Clement to take charge of Swansea in next 48 hours
The former Derby manager and current Bayern Munich assistant’s appointment will be finalised over the coming days Swansea are set to appoint Paul Clement... Paul Clement to take charge of Swansea in next 48 hours

Paul Clement to take charge of Swansea in next 48 hours

The former Derby manager and current Bayern Munich assistant’s appointment will be finalised over the coming days

Managerless Swansea picked off at will by Bournemouth

Clement emerged as the favourite to succeed Bradley after number one target Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, chose to close the door on making an emotional return to his home-town club.

The 44-year-old was interviewed for the position when Bradley was appointed, and the Swansea hierarchy were impressed enough with Clement to return to him after sacking the American on Tuesday.

Clement has an excellent reputation as a coach having worked as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern.

But his only job in management at Derby lasted just eight months before he was surprisingly sacked in February 2016.

Derby were fifth in the Championship at the time, having been top of the table on Boxing Day.

Club owner Mel Morris said he was unhappy with the team’s style of play and sacked Clement after the Rams had gone seven games without a win.

Clement’s managerial skills will certainly be tested in south Wales as Swansea face a huge task to avoid relegation.

Clement was sacked by Derby after a seven-game winless streak (Getty)

Bournemouth’s 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday leaves them bottom with 12 points at the halfway stage of the campaign.

Caretaker boss Alan Curtis oversaw a fourth straight league defeat and says confidence is so low that it will be difficult for the new manager to spark a recovery.

“It showed today it’s going to be very difficult,” Curtis said. “But I believe – naively or not – that there should be enough there to get better results.

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“I think the first goal is crucial for us because once we concede the confidence drains from us.

“Confidence in sport, especially football, is a fragile thing. There’s no explanation apart from we’re bottom of the table, not winning games, conceding too many.

“Maybe if we had not conceded the second and gone in at 1-0 we could have reorganised. But Bournemouth did to us what we used to do to teams.”​

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