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Paul Clement getting used to alien concept of being at bottom of table

Defiant Swansea manager Paul Clement admits his current side's plight is something of an alien concept to him but he is determined to battle it out.

The 3-1 defeat at Everton left the Swans rooted to the foot of the Premier League after just one win in the last 10 matches.

Having spent so long as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich Clement is used to those statistics being reversed.

"It is a difficult job being a manager, any team, any level," he said.

"You want to play well and win every game. As an assistant I was used to losing one in 10 and winning nine, now it is completely the opposite.

"It is not a nice experience but I'm learning a lot from it and learning a lot about myself.

"I'll keep fighting. I've worked hard to get to this position and I'm not going to give up on it. I'll keep going."

At the other end of the scale new Everton manager Sam Allardyce has yet to be beaten since taking over at the end of last month, with 10 points from the four matches he has been in charge with a further three coming in the match he watched from the stands the day before he was officially appointed.

He has had an immediate impact on the form of Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson and admits a settled team is doing well so players not in the team now have a real test to force their way in.

As a result Allardyce will send out all those players who did not feature against Swansea for a full-sided game at the club's Finch Farm training ground on Tuesday just so he can make an assessment on the squad he inherited from Ronald Koeman.

And the Toffees boss has challenged those on the fringes to prove they are worthy of retention in what Allardyce admits is a bloated first-team squad of 30.

"I have that many players I have to see them when I can," he said.

"I am going to put on an 11 v 11 for 90 minutes so all the players not in the squad can get on the pitch and play against each other and show me what they have got.

"I am very interested to see what I have got. I have picked these players all the time now and one thing which has pleased me is they have stayed fit and it makes it very difficult for me to leave them out.

"A good squad will say to itself 'When I get picked I will be ready' and if they let their fitness go or get dragged down by not playing and let themselves down when they get the opportunity they will not be let back in.

"There are so many professionals here who want to play they will get a chance somewhere down the line.

"We've made 39 changes in the 30 games we've played but I am so pleased these players are staying fit and getting results. It makes life easier for me to pick a team.

"Instead of searching for the right combination like I have done at other clubs these players have turned around and gone 'Here I am, this is what I can do' and we will move on from now."

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