There was sad news yesterday as a former Chelsea manager was shown the door at Leicester City — farewell, Claudio Ranieri! — but things are going much better for another former member of the Chelsea coaching staff, Paul Clement. Swansea City’s fortunes have really taken a turn for the better since Clem took over at the start of January. In fact, the Swans have won more points than Chelsea from the six matches played so far in 2017 (12 vs. 11)!
Clement, whose assistant is none other than Claude Makélélé, was himself an assistant for a long time to Carlo Ancelotti, including at Chelsea when we won The Double in 2009-10. It is partially those memories that make Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge a very special occasion for the Swansea head coach, who was a part-time coach at Chelsea from 1995 to 2000, and then a full-time coach from 2007 to 2011.
“The last two seasons were very memorable. I was lucky to be part of a special team who won the double in 2009-10, which is something that has not been done often.”
“I still keep in touch with some people who work at the club and, although a lot of the players have changed, I know John Terry, David Luiz and Nemanja Matic. I have very fond memories of the club and it’s an honour to be going back to coach a team against Chelsea.”
-Paul Clement; source: Swansea City FC
Matić was an academy prospect back then and left when David Luiz arrived for the final six months of the Ancelotti era. Clement also mentioned Branislav Ivanović, who was an integral part of those teams, but just recently left the club.
Paul Clement, the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for January, is one of the good guys in football and we wish him all the very best. Just not on Saturday.