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Confident and capable: how Paul Clement saved Swansea City

Swansea City manager Paul Clement

When Paul Clement was appointed in January by Swansea City, one of the questions at his first press conference was framed around the club’s dire predicament, specifically what made the third manager to take charge in as many months think that relegation was not a formality for a team anchored to the bottom of the table with the worst defensive record in the division.

Fernando Llorente heads Swansea towards safety against Sunderland

Swansea's Fernando Llorente warms up before the match

The worldwide cyber-attack that has caused so much havoc in the NHS struck the computer systems at Nissan’s Sunderland car plant on Friday. Had David Moyes’s players not been quite so abject all season it would have been all too easy to surmise it had somehow spread to the city’s football team on what swiftly turned into an excellent afternoon for Swansea City.

Paul Clement embraces minimalism in Swansea’s fight against the drop

Swansea City manager Paul Clement

As Paul Clement talks about having played Saturday’s pivotal game at Sunderland 100 times in his mind already, it is clear that moments of escapism are rare for the Swansea City manager, although he did find something other than the Premier League relegation battle to occupy his thoughts for an hour or so this week.

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Confident and capable: how Paul Clement saved Swansea City

When Paul Clement was appointed in January by Swansea City, one of the questions at his first press conference was framed around the club’s dire predicament, specifically what made the third manager to take charge in as many months think that relegation was not a formality for a team anchored to the bottom of the table with the worst defensive record in the division.