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Paul Clement will bring diligence, pragmatism and patience to Swansea | Stuart James

Swansea’s third manager of the season has the experience of working with Europe’s big names as he attempts to revive a club in danger of relegation

Alan Curtis was merely saying what plenty of people had been thinking on Saturday evening as the lights went out at the Liberty Stadium in the wake of yet another defeat and news filtered through that Paul Clement had agreed to become Swansea City’s new manager. “He had the security of a top job at Bayern Munich but he wanted the challenge,” Curtis, Swansea’s first-team coach, said after the win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. “I told him if I was him I would have stayed in Germany.”

Working alongside Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich, enjoying the view from the top of the Bundesliga during the winter break and looking forward to a Champions League tie against Arsenal next month sounds like a reasonable gig and, on the face of it, a lot more appealing than taking over at Swansea, who had just sacked their second manager in the space of 85 days and were anchored to the foot of the Premier League table.

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