Swansea City have parted company with manager Paul Clement, with the Welsh outfit rock bottom of the Premier League table after 18 games, reports BBC Sport. Assistant managers Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left the club.
Clement’s last game in charge ended in a 3-1 defeat away to Everton on Monday, December 18, leaving Swansea four points adrift of safety. It was their 12th defeat of the campaign already and their sixth consecutive loss on the road.
Currently 20th in the table with 12 points from a possible 54, City have managed just three league wins all season and have scored the fewest amount of goals (10). Clement’s departure was expected, but the board had to take responsibility for the players sold and not adequately replaced in the summer.
Fernando Llorente was sold to Tottenham Hotspur, Gylfi Sigurdsson was sold to Everton and Jack Cork was sold to Burnley. Wilfried Bony was re-signed from Manchester City and has struggled for goals while Renato Sanches was loaned from Bayern Munich and has been inconsistent at the Liberty Stadium.
There are genuine fears Swansea could be relegated, and chairman Huw Jenkins said such worries were why they had to let Paul go.
“We felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give the best chance of an uplift. 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.
“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, together with Nigel and Karl.”