Clement admits his future is not in his own hands after Swans’ latest defeat
PAUL Clement delivered a scathing assessment of himself and Swansea City’s current plight after suffering a 10th Premier League defeat of the season at Stoke, and admitted his future is not in his own hands.
It is a result that will only add to the pressure and scrutiny on Clement, who barely six months ago led the club to safety from a seemingly hopeless position.
And Clement delivered an astonishing performance at his post-match press conference, describing his goal-shy side as “toothless” and saying they deserve to find themselves bottom.
The 45-year-old head coach insists he can turn around an increasingly desperate situation, but his body language after the defeat in the Potteries appeared to belie a man at the end of tether.
Swansea had plenty of ball in the second half against a Stoke side who were there for the taking, but could not carve out much in the way of clear-cut chances.
“It’s the same thing. We’re a tooth- less team,” Clement said.
“For a team in the Premier League, you look at our possession statistics and I think we’re around middle of the order.
“Defensively, although they were a poor couple of goals today, we’re OK. Offensively we’re nowhere near good enough, we don’t create enough, we don’t score enough. That’s our biggest issue.”
He added: “When I am scathing about my team I am also scathing of myself. It is not me pointing the finger and saying ‘it is his fault, or it is his fault’.
“It is a collective effort. I cannot
win without the players. So I am being more self-critical because I have to be better and get more out of this team.”
Clement stated he believed he can once again turn things around for the Liberty Stadium club, but his body language - with emotions still running high after the final whistle - did not echo those words.
“Of course I do, of course I do,” he said, when asked if he wanted to be given time.
“As you know those kind of things are very much out of the hands of the manager or a coach. That will always be down to the chairman and the ownership to make those decisions if the situation is going in a really bad direction and you can’t see any chance of changing it.
“I believe I can (change it). I showed last year I am capable of working at this level with 29 points over 19 games.
“It was a big effort, it is nowhere near as good this season. I am the same person, we have a slightly different group of players but the most important thing is to find a way to play better. “
When asked how he could solve such issues in short order, he replied.
“Only through what I did last year. We have a group of players with no chance of changing them, we have to focus on what we have got.
“The players that I have and the players I am working with. First and foremost I am a coach, I work with the players on the training pitch, that is how we turned things around last season.
“I cannot sprinkle magic dust on this, it is about grinding out training sessions, be organised, be professional. T
“hat is what we are paid to do, it is our job.”