Swansea City have sacked manager Paul Clement with the club bottom of the Premier League, having won just three league games this season.
Clement, 45, took charge in January with Swansea in the relegation zone and guided them to a 15th-place finish.
Chairman Huw Jenkins said that changing the manager halfway through a season “was the last thing we wanted to do”.
He said: “We felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give the best chance of an uplift.”
Swansea announced that assistant managers Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left the club.
The Welsh club says it will give a further update on replacement coaching staff “within the next 24 hours”.
Before joining Swansea, Clement had worked as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant manager at Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid.
He had one, short-lived managerial stint at Derby County which ended in 2016 and he was then reunited with Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.
Clement joined Swansea on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January, becoming the club’s third boss of the 2016-17 season following the departures of Bob Bradley and Francesco Guidolin.
Paul Clement’s departure is a damning indictment of those who run Swansea City.
If you include club legend Alan Curtis’ spells at the helm, the Swans have gone through six bosses in just two years.
Curtis has taken caretaker-charge of his beloved Swans for the last two Decembers.
As head coach, Clement must take some of the blame, just as he deservedly received plenty of praise for steering the club away from relegation last season.
But the problems run far deeper than the coach. Poor recruitment for the last few years has resulted in a squad which is inadequate by Premier League standards.
Swansea made a stand over Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fee to Everton in August, but that led to a month of transfer inactivity during the protracted negotiations. Was there no spare cash at hand?
Clement was promised money in January, but did not survive to spend it.
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