Clement is the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job so far this season, following the dismissals of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City), Ronald Koeman (Everton), Slaven Bilic (West Ham) and Tony Pulis (West Brom). Swansea's owners will be banking on fresh impetus from a new boss to lift the team up the table, with the likes of Leicester and Everton boosted by new appointments in recent weeks.
We can confirm that the club has tonight parted company with head coach Paul Clement.Full statement ➡️ https://t.co/1VbiF9jeNt pic.twitter.com/JLFJSjKGx7 — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 20, 2017
"To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club," said Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins in a statement. "We had three different managers 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."
SIX Premier League managers have been sacked already this season, the same number as in the whole of 2016/17. Swansea fans, how are you feeling about Paul Clement's departure? Use #bbcfootball https://t.co/dDS3LuzEag pic.twitter.com/SLThd3ECoA— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 21, 2017
Jenkins praised Clement's role in helping keep the club in the English top flight last season. He took over at Swansea in January, replacing Bob Bradley, with the club bottom of the Premier League and tipped as odds-on favourites for relegation. But he masterminded four wins from his first six games, including an impressive victory at Liverpool, to earn himself the Premier League manager of the month award for January. Swansea lost last season's leading scorer Fernando Llorente and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson during the summer transfer window, severely weakening their squad.
This is now the third December in a row Swansea have sacked their manager. Some people will do anything to avoid buying a Christmas present.December 20, 2017
❌ December 2015: Swansea sack Garry Monk❌ December 2016: Swansea sack Bob Bradley ❌ December 2017: Swansea sack Paul Clement What's gone wrong at #Swans? pic.twitter.com/Zd4ZefzFBb — BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) December 21, 2017