After a fairytale debut with Swansea City, where his team beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Paul Clement continued to build on his good work earning 26 points from 18 games and leading the Swans to the safety season. However, this season, things have gone downhill for them and Swansea are currently staggering at rock bottom 20th place with just 12 points after eighteen game weeks.
In their last ten English Premier League matches, Swansea City has lost eight of them and earned one a couple of draws. The results have been horrendous and the nature of defeats even more depressing. It is tough to see the Swans surviving this season in this form, a situation that added more pressure to Clement’s demise at his current club.
The stat of eight defeats in their last eight matches has left the fans frustrated and the players must shoulder some responsibility. This is Swansea’s seventh straight season in the top flight since their promotion in 2011. The Swans must look to themselves as their top-flight run clearly proves they have the quality in their squad to cut it in the league. However, with the current crop failing to prove useful, Clement had to pay the final price.
Swansea City are increasingly looking like a team that seems set on the drop. The players are looking demotivated and are now facing an uncertain period in the midst of a managerial change.
It is now being reported that Swansea City are seeking to appoint Loius Van Gaal. The Dutchman has had a decorated career with several clubs and country alike. His biggest achievement was when he took charge of his home country the Netherlands and led them to the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and eventually finished third in the tournament beating hosts Brazil 3-0 in the third-place match.
In his club career, he has managed Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar. His illustrious career has seen him earn 20 trophies and now Everton are looking to bring in the high-profile manager to Merseyside.
Van Gaal’s last expedition ended on a confusing note as the manager was sacked by Manchester United immediately after winning the FA Cup. Whether it will be wise to bring in a manager of Van Gaal’s profile who despite his failure in England will want to set his own new rules at the club will be something to think about for the Swansea City board.