Reading Sack Manager Paul Clement

Paul Clement                                                                                                              Geoff CADDICK / AFP


Paul Clement has been sacked by Reading after less than nine months in charge, the English Championship club announced on Thursday.

The Royals are outside the relegation zone on goal difference after winning just four of their 20 league games so far this season.

“Reading Football Club can announce that Paul Clement has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect,” said a club statement.

“Clement was appointed towards the end of March and earned two victories and a final day draw in Cardiff which proved enough to secure the club its Championship status at the end of a challenging 2017/18 campaign.

“However, following five wins in the first 22 league and cup matches of 2018/19, owners Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai have made the difficult decision that the time is now right to make a change.”

Former Derby and Swansea manager Clement, 46, signed a three-year deal when he replaced Jaap Stam in March.


Swansea Sack Manager Paul Clement

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 21, 2017 shows former Swansea City’s English head coach Paul Clement awaiting kick off in the football match between Swansea City and Leicester City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, South Wales. Geoff CADDICK / AFP


Swansea City sacked manager Paul Clement on Wednesday after less than a year at the helm as the Premier League’s bottom club desperately search for a way out of the relegation mire.

As the season approaches its halfway point, the Welsh side are already four points adrift of safety following Monday’s 3-1 defeat at Everton, with just three wins in their first 18 Premier League matches.

“We can confirm that the club has tonight parted company with head coach Paul Clement,” the club said on its Twitter account.

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.

“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.”

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.

Former Derby manager Clement arrived at Swansea with a wealth of experience after working with some of the biggest teams in Europe as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Former West Brom boss Pulis and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs are among the favourites to replace him.

Assistant coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left Swansea.

The club said they would give supporters a further update within 24 hours.


Clement Named EPL Manager Of The Month

Premier League, Arsenal, Man City, LeicesterSwansea City boss, Paul Clement, has been named English Premier League (EPL) manager for January.

Clement replaced Bob Bradley as manager on January 3rd, and his first month in charge has proven to be a memorable one.

The Swans claimed a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, on his first day in charge, although his first game at home proved to be a tough one as Swansea lost by 4 goals to nil to Arsenal.

However, the rest of the month was positive for Swansea as they claimed six points out of six, to climb out of the bottom three.

Clement Becomes Swans City’s Third Manager In A Season

Paul Clement, Swans CitySwans City on Tuesday appointed Paul Clement as their new manager, becoming their third in the ongoing English Premier League season.

Signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club, Clement declared himself up for the “massive challenge” that lies ahead.

He also promised to do everything in his power to provide winning football again for the Jack Army.

“I’m delighted to be here. I had a brief spell as head coach not too long ago at Derby. It was a role I enjoyed thoroughly before I went to Bayern Munich as assistant manager. But my real desire and ambition was to become a head coach again as quickly as possible, so I am absolutely delighted to be here at Swansea and a Premier League manager.

“I would like to think my footballing philosophy goes hand in hand with the club’s. That’s part of the reason the club chose me and a big part of the reason why I wanted to come to the club. It is a massive challenge, there’s no other way to put it.

“But challenges are exciting and that’s why I came here. I could have stayed at Bayern as an assistant, but I’ve chosen to come into a very challenging situation. It excites me to do that and that’s the attitude I want the players to have. It’s a big task, but I think it can be done,” the new coach said on the club’s website.