English Premiership

Neuer keeping fingers crossed for Clement

2017-01-24 19:00
Paul Clement.(Getty Images)

Munich - Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is adamant that former assistant coach Paul Clement can help Premier League outfit Swansea avoid relegation at the end of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti's former second-in-command left the Bavarian giants to take up the role of Swans' head coach in January.

Despite the Germany international goalkeeper suggesting that Clement's departure has negatively affected the team, Neuer still wished the 44-year-old nothing but success for his venture in England.

"It's a shame for us that he's not here any more but of course I can understand Paul Clement's view that he wanted to accept the offer from the Premier League,"he told The Set Pieces.

"We know that he was a great guy, who helped us a lot as a team. He took on a lot of responsibility [at Bayern], he talked a lot with the players and I think he'll be able to help Swansea.

"We are all keeping our fingers crossed for him now that he's taking up a role as a head coach in the Premier League," he concluded.

Clement registered his first victory at the helm of the 17th-placed team when his side defeated Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield over the weekend.

In a pre-game interview Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of Clement saying that the improvement he has seen in the Swansea side in a short amount of time has been remarkable.

Swansea next welcome Southampton to the Liberty Stadium on January 31 and will be looking to move away from the relegation zone.

Kick off is at 21:45.

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