Swansea's Paul Clement Named Premier League Manager of the Month for January
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 0:47
While Clement was keen to avoid talk of the curse that supposedly goes with the manager of the month award - "I don't want to hear about that", he quipped - the former Derby boss accepts the relegation fight is shaping up to be a dramatic affair.
"He deserves the chance to turn it around".
While Swansea appear to have rediscovered their mojo, Leicester are getting increasingly desperate in the search for theirs, with manager Claudio Ranieri admitting Riyad Mahrez may hold the key to it. It shows how tough this league is.
"He spoke to me about the club and he said only good things". It is unchartered territory for Leicester, first that they won it and now that they are defending it. "Now we need February to be good as well", he said.
While Leicester have struggled, Swansea have produced a mini-revival since Clement was handed the reins at the start of January.
3 with the club at the foot of the table, saw Swansea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on his first day in the job and, despite losing 4-0 to Arsenal in their next league game, ended the month with a 3-2 win over Liverpool and a 2-1 success against Southampton to move out of the relegation zone. The bottom of the table can change really quickly this weekend with it being so tightly packed. "The players, most importantly, the backroom staff, but also the fans as well".More news: South Africa, Zimbabwe confirm presence of pest devastating maize crops
"We've been on a good run with some fantastic results, but this will be a different test for us", he said.
"The new players have fitted in and been welcomed into the dressing room, and I have been welcomed in by staff and players".
"This was always going to be a big game, regardless of who we are facing".
"It's going to sharpen us", he told BBC Wales Sport.
Swansea shipped an alarming 29 goals in 11 games during Bob Bradley's tenure, a sequence which may yet prove costly given they have let in the most goals of any top-flight side and have the joint-worst goal difference of minus 25.
"I need stability and I think this is the ideal place for me to grow and improve in a lot of aspects". So we just need to work hard and everything is going to come back to normal.