Forget Ancelotti, another ex-Chelsea coach Paul Clement may replace Arsene Wenger - Report

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Paul Clement has been linked as a hand-picked replacement for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Paul Clement has been named as a surprise contender to replace Arsene Wenger.

For those unfamiliar with his low key reputation, Clement is the current assistant coach at Real Madrid, and has been coaching for almost 20 years.

He spent seven seasons across two spells working with Chelsea, first as academy coach and then with the first team.

As well as a spell at Blackburn Rovers, over recent seasons Clement has been working as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at PSG and presently Real Madrid.

The Sun report that Clement is a surprise choice for Arsene Wenger to succeed him at Arsenal.

"Paul Clement is a surprise name in contention. The Real Madrid coach has the best CV going for an Englishman but has yet to be a boss in his own right. He could be tempted to move to Arsenal if it meant he would eventually succeed Wenger."

A move for a manager like Clement would be a left-field and bold decision, but so was the choice to appoint Wenger in the first place.

The same report claims former Gunner Patrick Vieira is also a name under consideration, currently the academy coach at Manchester City.

There is no imminent suggestion Arsene Wenger will walk away, he signed a three-year contract extension after winning last year's FA Cup, but making plans for an eventual transition is wise, and Clement is certainly a fascinating suggestion.

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