Cle­ment signs up for Swansea job

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LON­DON: Paul Cle­ment signed a two-and-a-half year con­tract yes­ter­day to take over as man­ager of Swansea City, re­plac­ing Bob Bradley at the Pre­mier League’s bot­tom club.

Cle­ment, 44, has been as­sis­tant man­ager at Bay­ern Mu­nich to Carlo Ancelotti, with whom he also worked at Chelsea, Paris St Ger­main and Real Madrid.

In his only man­age­rial job, how­ever, the English­man lasted less than a year at Cham­pi­onship (sec­ond tier) Derby County, who sacked him last Fe­bru­ary.

Swansea were re­ported to have in­ter­viewed him be­fore ap­point­ing Bradley in Oc­to­ber.

The Amer­i­can was dis­missed just be­fore Christ­mas, hav­ing won only two of his 11 games since tak­ing over from Francesco Guidolin.

“Paul has not only worked with some of Europe’s big­gest foot­ball clubs, but also the very best play­ers in the world,” Swansea chair­man Huw Jenk­ins told the club web­site.

“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.

“Every­one con­nected to the club is fully be­hind the ap­point­ment and we see this as a typ­i­cal Swansea City choice,” Jenk­ins added.

“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 will be joined at the Lib­erty Sta­dium by Nigel Gibbs as as­sis­tant coach and Karl Hal­abi as head of phys­i­cal per­for­mance. Both ar­rive from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

Swansea have strug­gled all sea­son after sell­ing lead­ing scorer An­dre Ayew to West Ham United and cap­tain Ash­ley Wil­liams to Everton.

Satur­day’s 3-0 home de­feat by Bournemouth was their fourth suc­ces­sive loss, leav­ing them bot­tom of the ta­ble and four points from safety.

Cle­ment at­tended last night’s match at Crys­tal Palace, who are three places above them, but first-team coach Alan Curtis was in charge.

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