Saturday 20 October 2018

Clement: Swans not in crisis

Swansea City manager Paul Clement. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City manager Paul Clement. Photo: Reuters

Paul Clement has denied Swansea are in crisis and has asked to be judged on a full 38-game season.

Swansea sit outside the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after winning only two of their opening nine games.

But asked if Swansea were a club in crisis - as they were when he took over in January with the side bottom of the league - head coach Clement insisted that was not the case.

“When I arrived in January we had played 19 games and had 12 points,” Clement said at his press conference before tomorrow’s trip to Arsenal.

“We have played nine games now and I believe I should be judged at the end of season after 38 games.

“We’re on a run where we haven’t picked up a massive amount of points, but last season we went through a run of six games and picked up one point.

“But then we went and won four of the last five games and the other result was a draw at Manchester United.

“I’ve been around this game long enough to know you’ve got to keep level-headed and stay positive.”

Clement has been linked with renewing his partnership with Carlo Ancelotti should the Italian fill Everton’s managerial vacancy.

The 45-year-old has previously worked as Ancelotti’s number two at Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

But Clement dismissed speculation about him rejoining the 58-year-old, saying: “It would not interest me at all.”

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