The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust has backed the Club Board decision to part company with Swans Head Coach Paul Clement. It expressed its disappointment that things had not worked out this season for Paul but, with the Club firmly at the bottom of the Premier League it understood the Board’s concern at recent results and the need to turn things around sooner rather than later.
The Trust’s Supporter Director Stuart McDonald has been in discussions with key personnel over this issue during the last 24 hours and fully supported the decision announced earlier this evening. He said ‘Paul took on the Swansea job at a particularly difficult time and no one will forget his efforts in leading us to ‘The Great Escape’ last season. The team has not performed well this season however and ultimately the Swans Board has to take tough decisions in the longer term interests of the Club. He added ‘The next appointment will be made at a crucial stage of the season and it is important that the right person is chosen with our football ideals in mind and they are provided with every support from all levels at the Club.’
The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust wish to place on record its thanks to Paul for his time in charge at Swansea and sends him our best wishes for his future.”
Swansea City’s post-Christmas shopping plans are taking shape with as many as three new players on the agenda to try and make it a happy new year for Paul Clement.
But despite the Swans boss having been given backing and blessing to bring in much-needed reinforcements in the side’s battle to beat the drop, it has been made clear the transfer window spending cannot jeopardise the financial future of the club.
Nigel Hamer, Secretary to the Swansea City Supporters' Trust Board has today confirmed that current Trust Vice Chairman, Will Morris will be taking up the vacant position of Trust Chairman with immediate effect. Will continues as an Associate Director of the Club.
Commenting on his appointment as Chairman Will said. 'I propose to make a full statement to Trust Members in the coming days. In the meantime however I just wanted to say that I am privileged to take on this role and together with the rest of the Trust Board will always look to work in the long term interest of the Football Club and its fans. The ongoing discussions with the Majority Shareholders over the proposed sale of some of the Trust's shareholding is something I would want to see concluded as soon as possible and I can again re-assure you that if any of the terms of the final offer differ from the detail as previously provided for the members consultation, then we will conduct a further consultation with you, our members.'
Nigel Hamer also confirmed that Alan Lewis will take up the Vice Chairman's position vacated by Will Morris.