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Swansea overlooking three highly-experienced Premier League managers who could guarantee survival

Monday 2nd January 2017
Swansea City are set to appoint Paul Clement as their third manager of the season, having sacked Francesco Guidolin and most recently Bob Bradley.

The Welsh club are currently rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 12 points at the mid-point of the season, and given a requisite for the vacant job was vast Premier League experience, why have Swansea overlooked Alan Pardew, Roy Hodgson and Harry Redknapp?
Clement has worked notably as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti for Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but he was sacked in his only role as a number one at Derby County which suggests Swansea are taking a bit of a risk. Swansea are a side who want to retain their attractive attacking football philosophy that requires them to play a free-flowing possession-based style in getting the ball from back to front. As a result, City were never going to appoint the likes of Sam Allardyce to replace Bradley this season and would instead turn their intentions to managers in-keeping with their ethos.

Pardew is certainly of that ilk and has shown in the past that he's capable of turning a club's fortunes around. His Newcastle United and Crystal Palace side both adopted attacking football but there were question marks about the balance given the goals they conceded as a result of being expansive. Nevertheless, Pardew has managed six clubs since 1999, racking up over 620 games. He's been in charge of sides in relegation battles and has left them in better shape than when he took over but wasn't considered to replace Bradley despite all his Premier League nous.

Roy Hodgson is another manager who strangely wasn't approached by Swansea City. The 69-year-old, last in charge of the England national team, has been in the game for decades and has vast experience with underdog clubs. He most notably took Fulham to the Europa League final and stabilised them in the top-half of the Premier League table. Hodgson has managed 19 different sides in his long career, and he showed at England that he can transform a team that struggled to play possession-football into a well-oiled unit capable of slicing teams open with attractive attacking play.

Harry Redknapp threw his hat in when asked about the Swansea City vacancy, but he was also overlooked by the club. The other 69-year-old has been keeping busy taking up advisory and minor coaching roles with a number of sides and it's clear he wants one more big job before he considers retirement. Redknapp is another manager who is renowned for playing attractive football, but he would also set up Swansea not to concede so many goals too. The English coach has had around 16 different jobs with clubs and has managed many games in the Premier League for the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Southampton and West Ham United.

He's also known to be a good man-manager, capable of boosting morale in the camp, something Swansea desperately need. So why have the Welsh club overlooked three highly-experienced English managers who play attractive attacking football?
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.


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