Swansea's Paul Clement named Premier League Manager of the Month
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 0:47
Swansea are level on points with Leicester City, but there is an air of positivity surrounding the Swans under the stewardship of Paul Clement; since the former Derby County manager took up the reins in south Wales, his side have claimed vital league victories against both Liverpool and Southampton, while Swansea were desperately unlucky to lose against Manchester City last weekend, conceding a stoppage time victor to Pep Guardiola's charges. "The players, most importantly, the backroom staff, but also the fans as well".
"It was a nice surprise", said Clement, whose team are 17th in the table, a point above the relegation zone.
Sunday sees them welcome the Foxes to the Liberty Stadium, with Claudio Ranieri's men now sitting a place above their hosts, having not won in their last five Premier League outings.
"He is a very good coach, he is tactically very good". "They have been a big help but I will be judged at the end of May".
"I need stability and I think this is the flawless place for me to grow and improve in a lot of aspects".
Defeat in the FA Cup at Hull City and a 4-0 home loss to Arsenal in the league followed, but Swansea rebounded to beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield, one of the shock results of the season, and followed that up with a 2-1 win over Southampton.
Swansea City will take on Leicester City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, February 12 with kick-off at 4pm GMT.
"It was a good performance at City and we were very close to a very valuable point and we were desperately disappointed with the circumstances of the goal", he said.
"But the most important thing is we have had a free week to plan and prepare, both on the training field and in the video room, and we need to make best use of that".
"The two teams are on level on points and we won't play each other again this season, so it does add a little bit of extra spice to the fixture". Even though we didn't get anything out of our last game we go into this game with a lot of confidence and belief that we are moving in the right direction.
"I always knew this team had quality players".
"I'm part of the team".