Swansea City have confirmed that Paul Clement has been sacked.
The 45-year-old has departed with the team sitting bottom of the Premier League and four points behind 17th-placed Stoke City.
Clement, who was appointed as manager at the start of January, managed to prevent Swansea from being relegated last season, despite taking over when the club were bottom of the league and four points off safety.
Swansea have promised fans with an update on Clement’s replacement ‘within the next 24 hours’.
‘To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club,’ Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the club’s official website.
‘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.’
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