Paul Clement (football manager)
Paul Clement (born 8 January 1972) is an English professional football manager currently managing Premier League club Swansea City. He has regularly assisted Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Clement has also managed Derby County and has previously held coaching roles at Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, and the England under-21 and Ireland under-21 teams.
Clement at Real Madrid in 2013
|Date of birth||8 January 1972|
|Place of birth||Reading, England|
|Swansea City (head coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In his first season as assistant manager, he won the Premier League title with Ancelotti at Chelsea. They also won the UEFA Champions League title and Copa del Rey in their first season at Real Madrid.
Clement is the son of former Queens Park Rangers and England player Dave Clement and the brother of former West Bromwich Albion player Neil Clement. Clement, however, did not progress beyond non-league football as a player with Banstead Athletic and Corinthian Casuals. He concentrated on coaching from the age of 23, as he worked in the Chelsea centre of excellence while holding down a job as a PE teacher. Clement obtained a UEFA 'A' coaching licence in 1999 and became a full-time football coach in 2000, when Fulham appointed Clement to a role in their academy. Clement also helped coach the Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team, working with Don Givens.
Clement returned to Chelsea in 2007, initially working with their under-16 team. He progressed through the coaching ranks there and began working with the Chelsea first team when Guus Hiddink was appointed manager in 2009. Clement was retained as a first team coach and, eventually, became assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti during his two seasons in charge of Chelsea. They went on to win the Premier League title and FA Cup in their first season in charge.
Clement was then hired by Paris Saint-Germain after Ancelotti had been appointed their head coach mid-season. The pair won the Ligue 1 title in their first full season at the club; it was PSG's first league title since 1994. Whilst at the club, Clement coached such players as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Clement was appointed assistant manager at Real Madrid after Ancelotti became their head coach in June 2013. During his time at the club, Clement coached players including Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, and Cristiano Ronaldo. He helped them win the Copa del Rey and tenth UEFA Champions League title, along with the UEFA Super Cup, at the end of his first season at the Bernabéu. They also went on to win the club's first FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.
Soon after, on 1 June, he was appointed manager of Football League Championship club Derby County, who had sacked Steve McClaren after finishing eighth the previous season. Despite only losing once in 19 games from September to December, Clement was sacked on 8 February 2016 after one win in seven. His final match was a 1–1 draw against Fulham. They were in fifth place at the time he was sacked. He finished with a record of 14 wins, 12 draws, and seven losses.
Clement was hired by Bayern Munich in June 2016 as their assistant manager, again working alongside Ancelotti. He helped Bayern to win the 2016 DFL-Supercup, beating Borussia Dortmund 2–0. Whilst at the club, Clement and Ancelotti changed their usual coaching method of man marking to resemble the zonal marking employed by former Bayern manager Pep Guardiola. As of December 2016, Clement and Ancelotti only lost one match during their time in the Bundesliga.
Clement was appointed as the new head coach of Premier League club Swansea City on 3 January 2017, with the club in the relegation zone having sacked their second manager of the season, Bob Bradley. Claude Makélélé joined him as his assistant; Clement and Makélélé had previously coached at Paris Saint-Germain.
Clement recorded his first victory as Swansea boss with a 3–2 win over Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.[note 1] Clement was named Premier League Manager of the Month for January after a successful first month in charge, earning 9 points in four games for Swansea. Under his guidance, Swansea won 26 points from 18 games, ultimately securing the club's Premier League status. Clement was nominated for Manager of the Season in recognition of this achievement.
- As of match played 12 August 2017
|Derby County||1 June 2015||8 February 2016||33||14||12||7||42.4|||
|Swansea City||3 January 2017||Present||20||8||3||9||40.0|||
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