Paul Clement (football manager)

Paul Clement
Clement at Real Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Paul Clement[1]
Date of birth (1972-01-08) 8 January 1972[2]
Place of birth Wandsworth, England
Club information
Current team
Reading (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Banstead Athletic
1991–1994 Corinthian Casuals
Teams managed
2009–2011 Chelsea (assistant)
2011–2012 Blackburn Rovers (assistant)
2012–2013 Paris Saint-Germain (assistant)
2013–2015 Real Madrid (assistant)
2015–2016 Derby County
2016–2017 Bayern Munich (assistant)
2017 Swansea City
2018– Reading
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paul Clement (born 8 January 1972) is an English professional football manager and coach who is the manager of Championship club Reading. He has been assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti several times – at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Clement has managed Derby County and Swansea City and has previously held coaching roles at Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, and the England under-21 and Republic of Ireland under-21 teams.

In his first season as assistant manager, he won the Premier League title with Ancelotti at Chelsea.[3] They also won the UEFA Champions League title and Copa del Rey in their first season at Real Madrid.[4] Clement obtained his UEFA Pro Licence in 2009, and made his managerial debut with Derby County in 2015.[5]


Early coaching

Clement was born in Wandsworth, London.[6] He is the son of former Queens Park Rangers and England player Dave Clement and the brother of former West Bromwich Albion player Neil Clement.[7] Clement, however, did not progress beyond non-league football as a player with Banstead Athletic and Corinthian Casuals.[7][8] He concentrated on coaching from the age of 23, as he worked in the Chelsea Centre of Excellence while holding down a job as a PE teacher at Glenthorne High School.[6][7] Clement obtained his UEFA 'A' coaching licence in 1999 and became a full-time football coach in 2000, when Fulham appointed him to a role in their academy.[7] Clement also helped coach the Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team, working with Don Givens.[7]


Clement returned to Chelsea in 2007, initially working with their under-16 team.[7] He progressed through the coaching ranks there, working under managers José Mourinho, Avram Grant, and Luiz Felipe Scolari.[9] He took charge of the Chelsea reserve team, replacing Brendan Rodgers, before working with the Chelsea first team when Guus Hiddink was appointed manager in 2009.[7][10] Clement then became assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti during his two seasons at Chelsea.[7] They went on to win the Premier League title and FA Cup in their first season in charge.[3][11] Ancelotti was sacked in his second season and Clement left the club soon after.[12]

After Chelsea, Clement briefly worked as a coach at Blackburn Rovers for four months, assisting Steve Kean in the 2011–12 season.[7][13]

Paris Saint-Germain

Clement was then hired by Paris Saint-Germain after Ancelotti had been appointed their head coach mid-season in December 2011.[14] The pair won the Ligue 1 title in their only full season at the club; it was PSG's first league title since 1994.[15] Whilst at the club, Clement coached such players as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimović.[16]

Real Madrid

Clement was appointed assistant manager at Real Madrid after Ancelotti became their head coach in June 2013.[17] During his time at the club, Clement worked alongside Zinedine Zidane and coached players including Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, and Cristiano Ronaldo.[16] He helped them win the Copa del Rey and tenth UEFA Champions League title, along with the UEFA Super Cup, at the end of his first season at the Bernabéu.[4][18] They also went on to win the club's first FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.[19]

After the team failed to win La Liga in their second season, Ancelotti was sacked on 25 May 2015 and Clement walked out four days later.[20]

Derby County

Soon after, on 1 June, he was appointed manager of Championship club Derby County, who had sacked Steve McClaren after finishing eighth the previous season.[5] Despite only losing once in 19 games from September to December, Clement was sacked on 8 February 2016 after one win in seven.[21][22] His final match was a 1–1 draw against Fulham.[23] They were in fifth place at the time he was sacked.[21] He finished with a record of 14 wins, 12 draws, and seven losses.[24]

In a statement, club chairman Mel Morris said a lack of progress had been made under Clement, despite the club being only five points behind leaders Hull City.[25][26] Clement's style of football was also cited as a contributing factor.[26][27]

After Derby, Clement briefly helped coach the England under-21 team, working under manager Gareth Southgate.[28]

Bayern Munich

Clement was hired by Bayern Munich in June 2016 as their assistant manager, again working alongside Ancelotti.[29] He helped Bayern to win the 2016 DFL-Supercup, beating Borussia Dortmund 2–0.[30] Whilst at the club, Clement and Ancelotti changed their usual coaching method of man marking to resemble the zonal marking employed by former Bayern manager Pep Guardiola.[31] As of December 2016, Clement and Ancelotti only lost one match during their time in the Bundesliga.[32]

Swansea City

Clement was appointed as the new head coach of Premier League club Swansea City on 3 January 2017, with the club in the relegation zone having sacked their second manager of the season, Bob Bradley.[33] Claude Makélélé joined him as his assistant; Clement and Makélélé had previously coached at Paris Saint-Germain.[34]

Clement recorded his first victory as Swansea boss with a 3–2 win over Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.[35][note 1] Clement was named Premier League Manager of the Month for January after a successful first month in charge, earning nine points in four games for Swansea.[37] Under his guidance, Swansea won 26 points from 18 games, ultimately securing the club's Premier League status.[38] Clement was nominated for Manager of the Season in recognition of this achievement.[39]

After a poor start to the 2017–18 season, Clement was criticised for playing "boring" and "negative" football, with some Swansea fans questioning his tactical decisions.[40][41][42] Others, notably The Guardian journalist Stuart James, criticised chairman Huw Jenkins and the club's American owners for a poor transfer window, in which the club sold key performers Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurðsson from the previous season.[43] Clement was sacked on 20 December 2017, leaving the club bottom of the league table and four points adrift of safety.[44]


Jaap Stam left Championship club Reading by mutual consent on 21 March 2018; Clement was announced as his successor two days later on a three-year contract.[45]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 1 September 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
Derby County 1 June 2015 8 February 2016 33 14 12 7 042.4 [24]
Swansea City 3 January 2017 20 December 2017 41 14 5 22 034.1 [24][33]
Reading 23 March 2018 Present 16 3 4 9 018.8 [24]
Total 90 31 21 38 034.4




Assistant manager


Paris Saint-Germain[15]

Real Madrid

Bayern Munich[30]


  1. Clement was appointed immediately prior to Swansea's win against Crystal Palace, but on the touchline, he aided caretaker Alan Curtis who took charge of the game.[36]


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