By 90Min
December 21, 2017

Perennial Premier League strugglers Swansea City find themselves in familiar territory as they sacked their manager Paul Clement on Wednesday night.  

Club officials have already sounded out Louis Van Gaal's availability about taking the hot seat at the Liberty Stadium, but he is one of a number of possible candidates they would like to talk to. 

Reported in the Daily Mirror Swansea ideally would like to employ a manager with some sort of pedigree and Premier League ­experience with Slaven Bilic, Ronald Koeman and Tony Pulis also in the frame. 

Van Gaal, 66, could be tempted back into ­management as he feels he has unfinished business following his acrimonious departure from Old Trafford in 2016. The former Dutch international manager said: “I said I will probably not manage a club any more. I would make one exception.

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"If a big English club comes for me, I would do it. Because then I can get the chance to get one over Manchester United.”

It is understood the Dutchman is one of the candidates who has already been discussed by the Swansea hierarchy. The club are hopeful of making an appointment before Saturday’s crucial home game with relegation threatened rivals Crystal Palace. 

This now seems a regular occurrence for the Swans as they look to make yet another managerial appointment, their third in recent campaigns at this point of the season.  

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Despite Clement saving the club from relegation last season, it is believed the club were not being progressive enough under the 45-year-old. 

Recently, club captain Angel Rangel even suggested that the Swans had lost their identity and philosophy since his arrival in 2007, due to the continual managerial changes and the influx of players. This was detrimental in causing Swansea City rapid decline. 

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Speaking about Clement's departure halfway through the season Chairman Huw Jenkins said: "This was the last thing we wanted to do. We felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give the best chance of an uplift."

Swansea find themselves in yet another precarious position as they head in to the festive season with the threat of relegation a real possibility. It is likely that veteran midfielder Leon Britton will be put in temporary charge of team affairs if an appointment is not made imminently.

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