Leon Britton a surprise candidate to replace under fire Paul Clement at Swanseaby Jack Kitson / 18 December 2017, 12:26Tweet
Swansea City boss Paul Clement heads into tonight’s clash away to Sam Allardyce’s in-form Everton knowing that a defeat could well bring an end to his tenure at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans boss has been publicly backed by the Swans hierarchy, however seven defeats in nine games has piled the pressure on his shoulders, and another loss tonight would leave his future in real jeopardy.
Struggling Swansea are rooted to the foot of the Premier League with just 12 points from 17 matches. Five straight away defeats doesn’t inspire much optimism ahead of their trip to Merseyside where they face a rejuvenated Everton side unbeaten in four games under new boss Sam Allardyce.
Big Sam recently revealed that he wanted Clement, then working as an assistant at Bayern Munich, at England but the German giants said no as they didn’t want to lose his services.
"I was disappointed, but I understood why Bayern said no. They wanted me to concentrate solely on Bayern and rightly so with a club of that size.
(Quote: BBC Sport)
At the time of writing it’s former West Brom gaffer Tony Pulis who tops the Next Swansea Manager Market ahead of rookie boss Ryan Giggs, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, and Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill.
However, it’s the emergence of Leon Britton that makes for interesting reading out at 20/1 with Paddy Power.
Britton has sported the Swansea jersey since 2002 - he returned to the club in 2011 after a spell at Sheffield United - during which he’s made nearly 500 appearances for the Welsh outfit, winning: the League Cup, Football League Trophy, the Championship play-offs and League One.
Last month the 35-year-old took up a coaching position under Clement following the departure of Claude Makelele, and if rumours are to be believed (The Sun) he’s now in-line to replace his under-fire boss.
Britton may not have any managerial experience to think of, but Swansea have given a novice boss a chance before - promoting Garry Monk into the top position back in 2014 following a spell as caretaker after Michael Laudrup was sacked.
Could Swansea now make a similar switch in the upcoming weeks?
It could happen sooner than you think should Clement’s men crumble at Everton tonight.