Ex-Chelsea star Claude Makelele has joined up with Paul Clement’s coaching panel at struggling Swansea City.
This season has been difficult for the Swans, who are now into the reign of their third manager this term. It’s a case of third time lucky for the South Wales club who know that their chances of maintaining a Premier League position hinge on Paul Clement.
In a club statement, Swansea City confirmed that:
“The 43-year-old, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, reunites with head coach Paul Clement, who he worked with during his playing stint at Chelsea and as a coach with Paris Saint-Germain.”
With Makelele comes a wealth of Premier League experience. He was integral to Chelsea’s two titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
His job at Swansea is a different one, to assist in keeping his new side in the division. With Swansea’s Premier League stability in question, Makelele’s contract until the end of the season suggests he may be more of a short-term solution rather than a long-term investment. The Frenchman will join up with new coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi.
The Swans hit the headlines last week when they confirmed that club legend Alan Curtis would lose his job at a first team coach, a decision that created a furore within the club. The ex-Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG midfield general is another part of the Swansea City shake up happening under Clement.
The appointment shows Clement’s range of contacts within the game from jobs with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
With Makelele’s level of respect within the game and undoubted football credentials, Swansea fans will be hoping that the French midfielder’s alliance with Clement will be the recipe for safety this season.
The former France international’s first game in the dugout will come as Swansea take on Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.
Stuart Fagg, Pundit Arena