Clement welcomes Swansea support

Swansea City

Boss Paul Clement says he still has the backing of the Swansea hierarchy and players as he seeks to change the team's fortunes.

The Welsh club slipped to the bottom of the Premier League last weekend after suffering their 10th defeat in 15 matches away at reigning champions Chelsea.

The Swans dreadful run of form has resulted in Clement’s position seemingly coming under pressure, the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich assistant failing to build upon his successful turn around of the team’s 2016/17 season.

When Clement was appointed head coach in January, Swansea found themselves bottom of the table but took 29 points from the final 19 games to avoid dropping into the Championship.

Having spoken to the club’s board this week, Clement says they have faith in him to pull off another dramatic recovery, while he claims the players remain fully behind him.

“Absolutely, I have no doubt about that,” speaking at his pre-match press conference, Clement said. “I have no doubt the players are behind me. I have enough experience to know when the dressing room is behind you and when it’s not.

“I’ve experienced dressing rooms that have grown apart from their manager and that can be difficult to get back. I have no feeling like that.

“Internally, everyone’s working in the same direction. If there’s any pressure, talk of I’m not going to be here, it’s from external sources, it’s not from within.

“I had a positive conversation last night with [co-owner] Steve Kaplan, I was on the phone with him for about an hour and a half.

“The communication lines are open, we know we’re in a difficult position, but we’re all working together to make it right.”