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Paul Clement expected to be unveiled as Swansea boss on Tuesday

Swansea expect to appoint Paul Clement as their new manager before Tuesday's game at Crystal Palace.

Bayern Munich confirmed on Monday afternoon that Clement, Carlo Ancelotti's number two at the Allianz Arena, had been granted permission to speak to Swansea.

Clement is due to fly into London on Monday night and a two-and-a-half year deal, which has been agreed in principle, is expected to be rubber-stamped on Tuesday afternoon.

The 44-year-old will then head to Selhurst Park where he is expected to have a watching brief at Swansea's Premier League game against Palace.

Caretaker Alan Curtis - who was in charge for Saturday's 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth after the sacking of Bob Bradley - is expected to be in charge of the team again.

Former Derby boss Clement emerged as Swansea's number one target after Wales boss Chris Coleman turned down the opportunity to take over at his home town club.

Clement has a reputation as a top-class coach having worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern.

But his only previous spell as a manager at Derby ended after only eight months when he was sacked in February 2016.

Derby were fifth in the Championship at the time having been top of the table a few weeks earlier on Boxing Day.

In a statement on their official website, Bundesliga champions Bayern said: "Co-coach Paul Clement (44) has asked FC Bayern Munich to hold talks with Premier League club Swansea City about a commitment as head coach.

"Bayern's head coach Carlo Ancelotti and the management board of FC Bayern Munich have fulfilled this wish.

"Paul Clement will therefore not be travelling to the training camp in Doha together with the team of FC Bayern."

Swansea are currently bottom of the Premier League with only 12 points at the 19-game halfway mark.

Clement will become Swansea's third manager of the season after Francesco Guidolin and Bradley, whose 85-day reign was the joint-second shortest in Premier League history.

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