Clement speaks out after Swansea sacking: Sad, regret and disappointment

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Clement speaks out after Swansea sacking: Sad, regret and disappointment

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he is "bitterly disappointed" for Paul Clement, who this week was sacked as manager of Swansea. According to various media reports, the Premier League's bottom side are hoping to appoint a new manager within the next 24 hours.

It is understood former boss Roberto Martinez, who is now managing the Belgian national side, has been sounded out too in what would be a stunning move, albeit one that is unlikely before the World Cup.

However, two of those goals did come in a 2-0 victory against Palace earlier in the season and the Swans are actually unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Eagles.

Clement took over at Swansea last January and led the club to Premier League safety but was sacked nearly a year later with the Welsh side bottom of the table with three wins in 18 games.

Former Manchester United, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace managers are in the running to take over.

In a statement released through the League Managers Association on Thursday, Clement said: "It is with great sadness and regret that I have left my position as head coach of Swansea City AFC". His assistants Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left the club.

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 managers last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things round.

"It's an outstanding club, the supporters are brilliant and I feel the Premier League is better with a Swansea team in it". Together we managed to achieve 29 points in 19 games, culminating in a 15th place finish and ensuring the club would compete in the Premier League for a seventh consecutive year.

"Of course there are going to be people who write us off, you understand that, but I think past year people did the same thing and were able to get out of it", he told reporters.

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