Swansea City manager Paul Clement (right) has been sacked.
Swansea City manager Paul Clement (right) has been sacked. Martin Rickett

Swansea City boss gets the sack for Christmas

SWANSEA City boss Paul Clement has become the latest English Premier League manager to get the boot with the club rooted to the bottom of the ladder.

Clement, who had been in charge at the Swans for less than a year, was sacked yesterday.

"We can confirm that the club has tonight parted company with head coach Paul Clement,” the club said on its Twitter account.

The Welsh club will begin the hunt for a sixth manager in two years ahead of the weekend clash with Crystal Palace.

Assistant managers Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left the club.

Swansea City chairman, Huw Jenkins, said: "To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club.

"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.”

Clement is the sixth EPL manager to be sacked this season.

SACKED IN 2017-18

- Frank de Boer, Crystal Palace, replaced by Roy Hodgson

- Craig Shakespeare, Leicester, replaced by Claude Puel

- Tony Pulis, West Brom, replaced by Alan Pardew

- Slaven Bilic, West Ham, replaced by David Moyes

- Ronald Koeman, Everton, replaced by Sam Allardyce

- Paul Clement, Swansea