December 22 — Swansea City manager Paul Clement was sacked after the club fell to a dismal run of 10 defeats in 13 Premier League matches, leaving the Welsh club at the bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety.
Clement’s dismissal comes as a surprise as it was heavily indications that he would remain in charge for the Palace match.
Although Swansea owners are to be blame for the club’s poor recruitment in the summer, they also came to the conclusion that Clement was not capable of leading the team out of trouble after the Swans have dodged this bullet for the last two seasons.
The decision would be harsher in hindsight as, appointed in January, Clement managed to keep Swansea up against the odds last season, collecting 29 points across 19 games to lift the club away from the bottom of the table which earn his nomination for the Premier League manager of the season award.
To give insult to injury, Swansea sold their best two players, Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson, and never came close to replacing them as they finished the window with the lowest net spend in the Premier League — leading to a clearly disadvantageous situation where the club structure is concerned.
Following Clement’s dismissal, Swansea was initially hopeful that a new manager would be in place for Saturday’s crucial visit of Crystal Palace, only to announce on Thursday that Leon Britton, the player-coach, will take charge of the team for the Palace match in a caretaker capacity.
Britton also indicated that he has no interest in being considered for the role on a permanent basis. “It is not to say I wouldn’t take it in the future, but I just think at this moment in time it is not the right move for me,” he said.