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Swansea set to name Clement their third boss of the campaign

By Phil Blanche

Swansea expect to appoint Paul Clement as their new manager before tonight's game at Crystal Palace. Bayern Munich confirmed yesterday that Clement, Carlo Ancelotti's No.2, had been granted permission to speak to Swansea.

A two-and-a-half-year deal, which has been agreed in principle, is expected to be rubber-stamped this afternoon. The 44-year-old will then head to Selhurst Park to watch his new side.

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

Clement emerged as Swansea's No.1 target after Wales boss Chris Coleman turned down the opportunity. 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 a few weeks earlier on Boxing Day.

Swansea are currently bottom of the Premier League with only 12 points at the half-way mark and Clement will become their third manager of the season after Francesco Guidolin and Bradley.

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