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It's official: Paul Clement confirmed as new Swansea manager

The 44-year-old has a big job on his hands to keep the Welsh club in the Premier League.

SWANSEA CITY HAVE appointed former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant coach Paul Clement as their new manager.

The 44-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the basement dwellers of England’s top tier and succeeds American Bob Bradley, who was sacked last week.

Reading native Clement has packed up his role as No 2 to Carlo Ancelotti to try and guide Swansea to safety.

The Swans currently trail 19th-placed Hull City by one point but can move off bottom spot if they avoid defeat tonight in their trip to Crystal Palace (8pm kick-off).

The likes of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and Wales boss Chris Coleman were linked with the position, but former Derby County manager Clement quickly emerged as the favourite.

Clement, who has also held assistant posts at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, will be the fourth man to take charge of Swansea in the Premier League this term, with Bradley replacing Francesco Guidolin in October, while Alan Curtis was in interim charge for Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth and will again deputise against Palace.

Nigel Gibbs has been brought in as Clement’s assistant, with the 51-year-old having been a number two at Reading, Leeds United and Millwall, while Karl Halabi joins as head of physical performance.

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