Well regarded coach fails to stop the rot

Paul Clement once again finds himself in possession of his P45 having been sacked from his post as manager of Cercle Bruges this afternoon following a disastrous run of results. Despite only putting pen to paper on a three-year deal last July, the Belgian Pro League team have decided the time is right to part ways.

After losing 3-0 at Sint Truidense VV on Sunday, which followed a loss in Brugge derby, and only 1 win in the previous 13 games Cercle Bruges find themselves second from bottom and four points from safety.

“In addition to Paul Clement, Cercle Brugge also says goodbye to assistant coach Nigel Gibbs. Cercle Brugge is committed to thanking Paul Clement and Nigel Gibbs for their efforts and wishes them every success in their future,” read a statement on the Cercle website.

Successful career as assistant fails to translate to managerial role

Paul Clement rose to prominence working as Carlo Ancelotti’s right hand man during a trophy laden haul, firstly at Chelsea and then followed him on a tour of some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, assisting him at Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich before deciding to try management for himself at Derby County in 2015.

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However, the same level of success has been hard to replicate. Despite a good start to life at Derby he was dismissed with the team in fifth place in the Championship. He was appointed as Swansea’s third boss of the season in January of 2017 and managed to keep them in the Premier League. However, he was relieved of his duties in December of the same year with the club four points from safety.

He was then appointed as manager of Reading in March 2018 but was gone by December with the club only outside of the relegation places on goal difference. Where Clement could end up next at this stage is anyone’s guess.

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