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Paul Clement sacked by Swansea City as unusual trend continues

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Swansea City’s sacking of Paul Clement was the third successive December that they have dismissed their manager.

Clearly there is no festive spirit in Wales for the Premier League outfit, who have now sacked their last three managers in the month of Christmas.

The peculiar trend started with former captain Garry Monk being dismissed two years ago in 2015. It was then Bob Bradley's turn to be sacked one year later, and now Clement is the third to join the line.

Press Association Sport have now taken a look at how December has become the bleakest of months for managers at the Liberty Stadium.

Something for future managers to consider, perhaps.

Garry Monk

Former Swansea captain Monk had a real rollercoaster ride in his 20 months in charge.

Monk took over from Michael Laudrup in February 2014 and led Swansea to a Premier League-best finish of eighth in the 2014-15 campaign with a record 56-point tally. But, Swansea’s form quickly unravelled after Monk had been touted as a future England manager.

One win in 11 games saw them hurtle down the table to 15th, and Monk was sacked after a 3-0 home defeat to Leicester on December 5.

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Bob Bradley

The former United States manager was a surprise appointment when Swansea sacked the Italian Francesco Guidolin in October 2016.

Bradley was the first American to manage in the Premier League, but his reign lasted only 11 games and 85 days.

Swansea won only twice under Bradley, and the club’s American owners deemed his position untenable following a crushing 4-1 home defeat to West Ham on Boxing Day.

Paul Clement

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Swansea were bottom of the Premier League with 12 points from 19 games when Clement was appointed at the start of January, but he kept them up as Swansea took 29 points from 19 games to finish 15th.

The summer departures of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fernando Llorente, and Jack Cork, however, weakened the Swansea squad considerably.

Swansea were rock bottom again and four points from safety when Clement became the latest December casualty at the Liberty Stadium.

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