Wednesday 13 December 2017

Clement set for Swansea watching brief

Paul Clement. Photo: PA
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Swansea expect to appoint Paul Clement as their new manager before tonight's game at Crystal Palace.

Bayern Munich confirmed yesterday that Clement (below), Carlo Ancelotti's No 2 at the Allianz Arena, had been granted permission to speak to Swansea.

Clement was due to fly into London last night and a two-and-a-half year deal, which has been agreed in principle, is expected to be rubber-stamped on this afternoon.

The 44-year-old will then head to Selhurst Park, where he is expected to have a watching brief at Swansea's Premier League game against Palace.

Caretaker Alan Curtis - who oversaw the Swans for Saturday's 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth after the sacking of Bob Bradley - is expected to be in charge of the team again.

Former Derby boss Clement emerged as Swansea's No 1 target after Wales boss Chris Coleman turned down the opportunity to take over at his hometown club.

Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has demanded that his struggling Palace "control their nerves".

"Swansea is a massive game for the nerves of our players," Allardyce said. "They have to control their nerves on that day, because everybody expects us to win on the basis that Swansea are struggling. We are struggling, but they are struggling really badly."

"People are expecting us to go out on Tuesday night and thrash Swansea which won't be the case," he added.

Irish Independent

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