Swansea City Name Leon Britton As Caretaker Manager

Swansea City Name Leon Britton As Caretaker Manager
Dec 21, 2017

News Swansea

Swansea City have named long-serving player Leon Britton as caretaker manager for Saturday’s Premier League game against a rejuvenated Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium as the search for Paul Clement’s successor continues.

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The ex-Derby County boss was dismissed on 20th December after a string of poor results left the Welsh club struggling at the foot of the table. Swansea have only won three league games this season and find themselves four points adrift of safety. Clement had only joined Swansea in January and inspired them to a 15th place finish that saw them avoid relegation in the 2016-2017 season.

The departure of Clement marked the fifth Swansea manager to be axed in the past three years, with the likes of Michael Laudrup, Gary Monk, Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley all having suffered a similar fate halfway through a Premier League season.

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An official statement from the club read, “Swansea City can confirm that Leon Britton will take charge of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans stalwart has been handed the caretaker manager role while the club continues its search for a replacement for Paul Clement, who parted company with the club last night along with assistants Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi. Britton, who stepped into a player-coaching role last month, will be assisted by under-23 coaches Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack. Goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts will also continue to assist.”

Club stalwart Leon Britton will not be the first Swansea player to make the step up from player to manager in recent years, following in the footsteps of former player-turned-manager Gary Monk, who made the leap in similar circumstances in 2014.

UPDATE: Britton’s first press conference as caretaker manager

Quotes from the new Swansea caretaker manager:

  • Leon Britton pays tribute to sacked manager Paul Clement: “He came in at a difficult time and kept us up”
  • “I know the players well and their characteristics”
  • “We have a big battle on our hands”

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