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Swansea caretaker boss Leon Britton does not want the permanent job


Paul Clement's sacking leaves Swansea looking for a third manager in the space of 12 months.

Paul Clement's sacking leaves Swansea looking for a third manager in the space of 12 months.

Paul Clement's sacking leaves Swansea looking for a third manager in the space of 12 months.

Leon Britton has stressed he is not looking to become Paul Clement's full-time successor at Swansea.

After sacking boss Clement on Wednesday night, the Swans have made long-serving midfielder Britton, who last month became a player-coach at the Welsh club, caretaker manager and he will be in charge for Saturday's Premier League home match against Crystal Palace.

The likes of Slaven Bilic, Ronald Koeman and Tony Pulis have been linked with the vacancy.

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs ruled himself out of the running on Thursday morning.

And when Britton was asked later in the day if he was a contender for the full-time job, the 35-year-old said: "Not at the moment.

"It is not to say I wouldn't take it in the future, but I just think at this moment in time it is not the right move for me.

"I've been asked to help the club out, which is something I will always do. But in terms of the immediate future, I am not looking to be the full-time manager."

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Earlier Giggs, asked if he was interested in the role, told Sky Sports News: "No. I've spoken to them before, last time before they appointed Bob Bradley."

Clement, who arrived at Swansea in January after Bradley's brief tenure and guided the club out of the relegation zone to a 15th-placed finish last term, was axed with them lying bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety.

Monday's loss at Everton was their eighth defeat in 10 league games.

In a statement, Clement spoke of his "great sadness" at leaving the job and said: "When I arrived at Swansea City on the 3rd of January, the team had 12 points and were bottom of the league.

"Together we managed to achieve 29 points in 19 games, culminating in a 15th place finish and ensuring the club would compete in the Premier League for a seventh consecutive year. It was by far my proudest and greatest achievement as a coach.

"However, this season, in very challenging circumstances I was unable to replicate the positive results."

Britton, speaking at a press conference streamed live on Swansea's official website, said he did not know when asked how long he thought he would be in charge for.

He added: "Speaking to the chairman (Huw Jenkins), it was a case of we'll go day by day.

"We have the Palace game and then I'll see where we are at. I don't know how far down the line they are in terms of the search for a new manager.

"Whether it's for the Liverpool game (Swansea's trip to Anfield on Boxing Day) or after, or into the new year, I think the most important thing is we get who the club feel is the right person for the job.

"We have to have confidence in the owners (Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien) and the chairman that they make the right choice. And I think it is an attractive job. We are bottom of the league but I still think it's a very good club."

Britton spoke of the players needing to accept responsibility for their part in Swansea's predicament, and revealed he had had a "brief" phone conversation on Wednesday evening with Clement, who he said was "naturally disappointed".

Britton also said: "Obviously results weren't great, but I honestly thought he (Clement) was the right manager, with the way he was working.

"But in terms of a new manager - what do we need at the football club? We just need to get back to basics, that confidence back and make sure as soon as possible we get some points on the board."

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