Swansea sack manager Paul Clement...with Tony Pulis the early favourite to replace him
Swansea have sacked manager Paul Clement with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, with Tony Pulis installed as the early favourite to replace him.
Clement had been under increasing pressure after a woeful start to the season, with his departure now confirmed after Monday night's 3-1 defeat at Everton left them four points adrift of safety.
Swansea have lost all but two of their last 10 league games and have registered just 12 points from their opening 18 fixtures.
“To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club,” said Swansea City chairman, Huw Jenkins, in an official statement.
“We had three different manager last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around.
“But we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League. Paul has been at the club for 12 months and what he achieved in the second half of last season to keep us in the top flight was a tremendous feat.
For that, and his effort and commitment this season, it goes without saying that the club thanks him for his work, together with Nigel [Gibbs] and Karl [Halabi].
“I have had an excellent working relationship with Paul and we are all, including the owners, surprised and disappointed it hasn’t worked out this season. We wish Paul every success in his career going forward.’’
Pulis is the firm favourite to replace Swansea a few weeks after he was sacked by West Bromwich Albtion, with Welshman Ryan Giggs also mentioned as a candidate after he held talks with the Welsh club about taking over a year ago.
Sacked Everton boss Ronald Koeman has also been mentioned as a contender, with bookies installing Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill as fourth favourite to be offered the role.