Paul Clement on borrowed time at Swansea City

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 19 December 2017, 09:12

Swansea City boss Paul Clement cut a desolate figure on the Goodison Park touchline on Monday night as he watched his struggling side sink to their 12th Premier League loss of the season.

The 3-1 defeat at Everton means the Swans, who have now lost four of their last five games, remain rooted to the foot of the table and four points adrift of safety, meaning they’ll spend Christmas in the relegation zone.

In the aftermath of the Toffees match Clement told the Guardian:

“It’s a difficult job being a manager of any team and at any level. You want to win, you want to play well, every game. It’s certainly not something I’ve been used to in my career. Even here last year, we were winning more games and playing better.

"As an assistant I was losing one in 10 and winning nine. It’s the opposite now. It’s not a very nice experience, I’m learning a lot from it, learning a lot about myself, and I will keep fighting. I will keep working hard. I worked very hard to get to this position and I’m not going to give up on it. I will keep going.”

Clement will no doubt be aware that two of the previous four Swansea managers - Bob Bradley and Garry Monk - both lost their jobs just before Christmas.

The 45-year-old can be backed at 2/1 for the chop, although it’s Stoke manager Mark Hughes who remains the odds-on favourite to become the sixth top-flight boss to lose his job this season.

Tony Pulis currently tops the Next Swansea City Manager ahead of Ryan Giggs, Paulo Fonseca, Martin O’Neill and Michael O’Neill, while Swansea player-coach Leon Britton is a surprise 20/1 shot to make the step up into management.

Swansea are next in action at home to a rejuvenated Crystal Palace on Saturday. Less than a month ago Palace were below the Swans in the table but a great run of form under Roy Hodgson means the Eagles have soared from 20th to 14th, five points clear of the Swans.

Swansea travel to Liverpool on Boxing Day, then Watford four days later, before hosting Tottenham on 2nd January.

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