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Swansea City Lines Up Former West Brom Manager To Replace Paul Clement: A Good Move?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

It could be a very short-term exile for Tony Pulis. The 59-year-old was axed by West Bromwich Albion after a series of bad displays but the manager could be back to business very soon as he is currently the man in demand. Swansea City have been on a similar run as that of West Brom and the Welsh side are mulling over an option to get rid of their manager Paul Clement. Clement had a pretty good influence on the side last season as Swans survived a relegation scare mainly because the Englishman was there as a saviour for them.

But this season his ideas aren’t working, as Swansea are sitting pretty deep in the relegation zone and the club authority are pondering over the possibility of bringing a new face at the Liberty Stadium to oversee the current messy situation and it is being reported Pulis is a pretty strong contender to replace Clement at the Welsh club.

Pulis’ tactics created an uproar in the Premier League last season, as the gaffer’s idea to play defensive and uncharismatic football paid off brilliantly with the Baggies finishing the season at a respectable 10th position.

But Pulis’ idea seemed to have been cracked down by the rival managers as the Baggies barely troubled any side this season. Swansea underwent a pretty hectic summer business bringing the likes of Roque Mesa, Wilfried Bony, Tammy Abraham and Samuel Clucas. However, barring Abraham, no other player have been able to justify their price tag.

The idea of appointing Pulis can have one reason, i.e., the former Baggies manager is yet to taste relegation in the top tier. Wales are also believed to be on the hunt for a new manager and Pulis is reportedly topping the list.

Chris Coleman parted ways with the Wales national team in a bid to take over at Sunderland and Pulis could be approached for the job.

Swansea had a number of managerial changes in the last few seasons and Clement could be the latest scapegoat. The gaffer had shown some promise last season with his intelligent source of work but this season it has been a disaster for them. Goals have dried up this season and defensively too, they are not in a very good position.

Pulis himself is Welsh so he perhaps would get accustomed to the situation at the club if he comes in as their next manager in the near future.

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