Why Did We Sack Clement Without a Replacement Lined Up?
It seems the majority of Swansea City fans were in agreement with the decision to sack Paul Clement, why do so without having a replacement lined up to quickly take over?
In a recent site poll, 82% voted that they agreed with Swansea City's decision to sack head coach Paul Clement, but two games later, you have to wonder - what was the point in sacking him if you haven't got a replacement ready and waiting?
Leon Britton's new appointment as assistant coach back in November looked like he was placed ready and waiting to become caretaker manager when Clement was inevitably given the sack. Two games later, Leon Britton looks set to manage his third Premier League game, and after the embarrassing 5-0 defeat at Anfield, it couldn't be any more clear how much we need a new manager.
Middlesbrough recently sacked former Swans player and manager Garry Monk despite them beating Sheffield Wednesday - whose manager also got the boot. The Championship side have already moved quickly to appoint Tony Pulis as his replacement, while we are still hanging around looking for a replacement. Both managers - Garry Monk and Carlos Carvalhal are both strong favourites amongst the bookies to take over at the Liberty Stadium. A few other managers have rejected the job, including Ronald Koeman, Louis van Gaal and Dick Advocaat. There's been unrealistic reports that the Swans have approached former boss Roberto Martinez, but convincing him to leave his job at Belgium so close to the World Cup is a non-starter.
The club are in a bit of a dilemma now. Do they look for a quick fix once again to try and keep us up? Or do they look at the long-term plan and get somebody in who can rebuild us, implement an attacking style of football who can possibly deliver something decent in the Championship next season? Frank de Boer is another favourite once again, but after a poor spell at Crystal Palace at the start of the season, will we be put off and look elsewhere?
Some fans have questioned who could we attract, who would want the job. But there's got to be some managers interested, particularly those who are looking for a job. Championship clubs - Wolves and Fulham have attracted good managers so there's no reason why we cannot do the same.
Paul Clement's sacking should have happened after we lost at home against Brighton in my opinion. The performance that day was woeful, but 7 games later including 5 defeats, he's finally shown the door. Given that talk of his departure had been going on for weeks due to our poor performance levels and poor form, you have to wonder what the club's owners have been doing during that time? I'm sure any other club would have had a replacement lined up having sacked their manager. There's no way a team struggling as much as we are should have to wait 2, 3 or more games before being given some stability and direction of a new manager.
It just goes to show how the club is being run at the moment. A complete lack of planning and organisation to say the least. It also makes you wonder what will happen during next month's transfer window. Our squad needs an overhaul, but as the wait for a new manager goes on, we're delaying any plans of strengthening during the January transfer window.
The 5-0 Liverpool defeat on Boxing Day exposed us even more, and showed just how dire we really are. The players wouldn't even put in a shift for a club legend like Leon Britton. It's a disgraceful to leave a mess of a football squad for a legend like Leon Britton to take care of. Whilst I agreed with the decision to sack Clement and believed it should have been done earlier, we might as well have kept him on now with nobody coming in to take over.
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