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Saturday 15 December 2018

More December disaster for Swansea

Swansea sacked their manager for the third successive December with the departure of Paul Clement
Swansea sacked their manager for the third successive December with the departure of Paul Clement

Swansea's sacking of Paul Clement was the third successive December that they have dismissed their manager.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how December has become the bleakest of months for managers at the Liberty Stadium.

Garry Monk, December 2015

Former Swansea captain Monk had a real roller coaster ride in his 20 months in charge. Monk took over from Michael Laudrup in February 2014 and led Swansea to a Premier League-best finish of eighth in the 2014-15 campaign with a record 56-point tally. But Swansea's form quickly unravelled after Monk had been touted as a future England manager. One win in 11 games saw them hurtle down the table to 15th, and Monk was sacked after a 3-0 home defeat to Leicester on December 5.

Bob Bradley, December 2016

The former United States manager was a surprise appointment when Swansea sacked the Italian Francesco Guidolin in October 2016. Bradley was the first American to manage in the Premier League but his reign lasted only 11 games and 85 days. Swansea won only twice under Bradley and the club's American owners deemed his position untenable following a crushing 4-1 home defeat to West Ham on Boxing Day.

Paul Clement, December 2017

Swansea were bottom of the Premier League with 12 points from 19 games when Clement was appointed at the start of January but he kept them up as Swansea took 29 points from 19 games to finish 15th. The summer departures of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fernando Llorente and Jack Cork, however, weakened the Swansea squad considerably. Swansea were rock bottom again and four points from safety when Clement became the latest December casualty at the Liberty Stadium.

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