Monday 24 June 2019

Fans are convinced they know who will replace Paul Clement at Swansea

The English manager has been sacked with the Swans bottom of the table.

Paul Clement File photo
Paul Clement File photo

By Edd Dracott

Swansea have sacked managed Paul Clement with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table – but fans reckon they know all too well who is going to replace him.

The 45-year-old leaves after a 3-1 defeat at Everton left them four points adrift from safety from relegation. So, fans believe there’s just one option when faced with a relegation battle.

Swansea have lost all but two of their last 10 league games and have registered just 12 points from their opening 18 fixtures – and Pulis’ name isn’t a surprising one to come up, and “Pulis” quickly trended in the UK on Twitter after Clement’s sacking.

Such was the discussion around him that he even started getting linked with other vacant jobs – such as that of MP Damian Green as he was asked to resign from his position as First Secretary of State by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Pulis, 59, has never been relegated in a career spanning 25 years, so it’s clear why he’s built something of a reputation.

However, despite ever being the safe pair of hands, not all Swansea fans are convinced.

So why is this?

Well, according to one it’s to do his style of play.

However, there also appears to be some discomfort with the fact certain managers keep getting the jobs at Premier League clubs.

In the past year there’s been a lot of chopping and changing as the same managers reappear in the Premier League but at different clubs.

For example Alan Pardew, now at West Brom and Sam Allardyce, now at Everton, have both spent time managing Crystal Palace since the start of last year, where fellow old face Roy Hodgson is now manager. Meanwhile David Moyes, formerly of Sunderland and Everton is now at West Ham, where both Allardyce and Pardew have also worked.

While it’s giving some people a headache though, others think it’s the sign of an intriguing trend.

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