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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.

Paul Clement
Paul Clement Real Madrid.jpg
Clement at Real Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-01-08) 8 January 1972 (age 45)[1]
Place of birth Wandsworth, England
Club information
Current team
Swansea City (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Banstead Athletic
1991–1994 Corinthian Casuals
Teams managed
2009–2011 Chelsea (assistant)
2011–2012 Blackburn Rovers (assistant)
2012–2013 Paris Saint-Germain (assistant)
2013–2015 Real Madrid (assistant)
2015–2016 Derby County
2016–2017 Bayern Munich (assistant)
2017– Swansea City
* 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.[2] They also won the UEFA Champions League title and Copa del Rey in their first season at Real Madrid.[3] Clement obtained his UEFA Pro Licence in 2009, and made his managerial debut with Derby County in 2015.[4]



Early coachingEdit

Clement was born in Wandsworth, London.[5] He is the son of former Queens Park Rangers and England player Dave Clement and the brother of former West Bromwich Albion player Neil Clement.[6] Clement, however, did not progress beyond non-league football as a player with Banstead Athletic and Corinthian Casuals.[6][7] 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 at Glenthorne High School.[5][6] Clement obtained his UEFA 'A' coaching licence in 1999 and became a full-time football coach in 2000, when Fulham appointed him to a role in their academy.[6] Clement also helped coach the Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team, working with Don Givens.[6]


Clement returned to Chelsea in 2007, initially working with their under-16 team.[6] He progressed through the coaching ranks there, working under managers José Mourinho, Avram Grant, and Luiz Felipe Scolari.[8] He took charge of the Chelsea reserve team, replacing Brendan Rodgers, before working with the Chelsea first team when Guus Hiddink was appointed manager in 2009.[6][9] Clement then became assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti during his two seasons at Chelsea.[6] They went on to win the Premier League title and FA Cup in their first season in charge.[2][10] Ancelotti was sacked in his second season and Clement left the club soon after.[11]

After Chelsea, Clement briefly worked as a coach at Blackburn Rovers for four months, assisting Steve Kean in the 2011–12 season.[6][12]

Paris Saint-GermainEdit

Clement was then hired by Paris Saint-Germain after Ancelotti had been appointed their head coach mid-season in December 2011.[13] The pair won the Ligue 1 title in their only full season at the club; it was PSG's first league title since 1994.[14] Whilst at the club, Clement coached such players as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimović.[15]

Real MadridEdit

Clement was appointed assistant manager at Real Madrid after Ancelotti became their head coach in June 2013.[16] During his time at the club, Clement worked alongside Zinedine Zidane and coached players including Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, and Cristiano Ronaldo.[15] 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.[3][17] They also went on to win the club's first FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.[18]

After the team failed to win La Liga in their second season, Ancelotti was sacked on 25 May 2015 and Clement walked out four days later.[19]

Derby CountyEdit

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.[4] Despite only losing once in 19 games from September to December, Clement was sacked on 8 February 2016 after one win in seven.[20][21] His final match was a 1–1 draw against Fulham.[22] They were in fifth place at the time he was sacked.[20] He finished with a record of 14 wins, 12 draws, and seven losses.[23]

After Derby, Clement briefly helped coach the England under-21 team, working under manager Gareth Southgate.[24]

Bayern MunichEdit

Clement was hired by Bayern Munich in June 2016 as their assistant manager, again working alongside Ancelotti.[25] He helped Bayern to win the 2016 DFL-Supercup, beating Borussia Dortmund 2–0.[26] 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.[27] As of December 2016, Clement and Ancelotti only lost one match during their time in the Bundesliga.[28]

Swansea CityEdit

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.[29] Claude Makélélé joined him as his assistant; Clement and Makélélé had previously coached at Paris Saint-Germain.[30]

Clement recorded his first victory as Swansea boss with a 3–2 win over Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.[31][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.[33] Under his guidance, Swansea won 26 points from 18 games, ultimately securing the club's Premier League status.[34] Clement was nominated for Manager of the Season in recognition of this achievement.[35]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 21 October 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Derby County 1 June 2015 8 February 2016 33 14 12 7 042.4 [23]
Swansea City 3 January 2017 Present 31 13 4 14 041.9 [29][23]
Total 64 27 16 21 042.2



Derby County

  • FA Senior First Team Coach of the Year: 2015[36]

Swansea City

Assistant managerEdit

Clement regularly assisted Carlo Ancelotti, an experience he described as "invaluable".[15]


Paris-Saint Germain[14]

Real Madrid

Bayern Munich[26]


  1. ^ Clement was appointed immediately prior to Swansea's win against Crystal Palace, but caretaker Alan Curtis took charge of that match, with Clement aiding him on the touchline.[32]


  1. ^ "Paul Clement Manager Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Premier League champions: 2009/10". Chelsea F.C. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid". BBC Sport. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Derby County appoint Paul Clement as head coach". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "In profile: Paul Clement". Derby County F.C. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Spiro, Matt (16 May 2012). "England's French connection at Paris St-Germain". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Teacher Paul keeps it will keep it Real at the Bernabeu". Surrey Comet. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "The English assistant at Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Swansea's Blue Bosses". Chelsea F.C. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Swansea City: Paul Clement seeking happy return at Stamford Bridge". BBC Sport. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Fifield, Dominic (24 February 2017). "Paul Clement relishes being back at Chelsea six years after the boot". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Blackburn vs Derby match report: Paul Clement escapes former home with a point
  13. ^ Fifield, Dominic (8 March 2013). "Paul Clement more than happy to be the 'other' Englishman at PSG". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "PSG clinch first French league title since 1994". Reuters. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c "Derby's Paul Clement: 'Seeing how Carlo Ancelotti operated was invaluable'". The Guardian. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "English coach joins Zidane on Ancelotti's Real staff". ESPN Sports Media. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Super Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid win". BBC Sport. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Club World Cup final: Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo". BBC Sport. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Real Madrid: Paul Clement exit follows sacking of Carlo Ancelotti". BBC Sport. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Paul Clement: Derby County sack head coach". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Is Paul Clement the man to keep Swansea in the Premier League?". Sky Sports. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Derby County » Fixtures & Results 2015/2016". World Football. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  23. ^ a b c "Managers: Paul Clement". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Gareth Southgate grateful to have Paul Clement in U21s camp". The FA. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  25. ^ "Ancelotti macht sein Trainerteam komplett" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "2016 Supercup: Exclusive post-match interviews". Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  27. ^ "Swansea City: Paul Clement says Pep Guardiola sold him on zonal marking". BBC Sport. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  28. ^ "Who is Swansea City manager favourite Paul Clement and why was he sacked in his only job as a boss?". WalesOnline. 
  29. ^ a b "Swansea City: Paul Clement confirmed as third boss of the season". BBC Sport. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "Swansea City appoint Claude Makelele as their assistant manager". BBC Sport. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  31. ^ "Liverpool 2-3 Swansea: Paul Clement claims first league win as Swans move off bottom". Sky Sports. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  32. ^ "Crystal Palace vs Swansea: Swans mark Paul Clement appointment with dramatic win". The Independent. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  33. ^ a b "Clement named Barclays Manager of the Month". Premier League. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "Gylfi Sigurdsson says he will only leave Swansea if club decide to sell him". Sky Sports. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  35. ^ "Paul Clement: Swansea City boss nominated for manager of the season". BBC Sport. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  36. ^ "Clement and Hayes among winners at FA coaching awards". The FA. 

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