"It’s a big task, but I think it can be done": Paul Clement confirmed as Swansea City head coach
Clement joins from German giants Bayern Munich where he was the assistant manager16:32 Tuesday 3 January 2017, 16:32 3 Jan 2017
Paul Clement becomes Swansea City's third boss this season after being appointed head coach by the Welsh club on Tuesday afternoon.
The 44-year-old left his role as Bayern Munich assistant manager to take charge of the club and signs a two-and-a-half year deal. He will not take charge of their clash with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night but will be in attendance to see the team play. Alan Curtis the first team coach will remain in charge for the time being.
"I’m delighted to be here," Clement told the club's official website. "I had a brief spell as head coach not too long ago at Derby. It was a role I enjoyed thoroughly before I went to Bayern Munich as assistant manager.
"But my real desire and ambition was to become a head coach again as quickly as possible, so I am absolutely delighted to be here at Swansea and a Premier League manager.
"I would like to think my footballing philosophy goes hand in hand with the club's. That’s part of the reason the club chose me and a big part of the reason why I wanted to come to the club.
"Over recent years there has been a certain style Swansea fans have been used to seeing. Maybe that hasn't been there so much over recent times, but hopefully I will be able to put my imprint on the team very quickly and the fans will be able to see some good football - most importantly some winning football.
"It is a massive challenge; there’s no other way to put it. But challenges are exciting and that's why I came here. I could have stayed at Bayern as an assistant, but I’ve chosen to come into a very challenging situation. It excites me to do that and that’s the attitude I want the players to have.
"It’s a big task, but I think it can be done."
Clement was formerly in charge Derby County for a short spell between 2015 and 2016, whilst also having experience working with Real Madrid and Chelsea as assistant manager.
Swansea City sacked Francesco Guidolin earlier this season and only last month showed the door to his replacement Bob Bradley. Bradley was in charge for just 11 games and a total of 65 days.
"We are delighted with the appointment of Paul Clement as our new head coach," said club chairman Huw Jenkins.
"Paul has not only worked with some of Europe’s biggest football clubs, but also the very best players in the world.
"Swansea City’s strength over many years had been the quality of the football coached on the training field. That has always been at the forefront of our success.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Paul can not only help us regain that footballing belief, but also restore some much needed pride back into the football club.
"Everyone connected to the club is fully behind the appointment and we see this a typical Swansea City choice. It looks a good fit to get us back on track and provide one of the best young coaches in Europe with the chance to develop his own career and become a leading coach in his own right.
"I’m sure every Swans supporter, like me, would want to wish Paul the best of luck at the club and that he enjoys his time with us at Swansea."
Joining Clement at the Liberty will be Nigel Gibbs as assistant coach and Karl Halabi as head of physical performance. Both make the move from Tottenham Hotspur.
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